Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Playing with Purpose: A Quilt Retrospective
Take a deep look inside the evolution of one of today's most important modern quilt artists. Always fascinated by color, pattern, and design, Victoria Findlay Wolfe found her life's true joy in quiltmaking. Her diverse and exciting body of work stirs quilters worldwide to dig deeper, take risks, and experiment with fabric. This beautifully photographed coffee-table retrospective contains photos of more than 130 of Findlay Wolfe's inspiring quilts and essays about her journey. This book does not contain patterns.
What is playing with purpose?
Purposeful play is a deliberate free-form practice with one goal in mind: to ultimately improve the outcome of the finished product while capturing a thought, emotion, or technique. Follow the motto: “I can think of an idea, I can see it come to life with my eyes, I can feel in my heart if it’s where I need to be, and I can physically construct something that represents all those senses.”
Take negativity out of your creative life. “It’s terrible!” “I don’t like it!” Sound familiar? Grumbling away on a project that’s not working gets you nowhere! You will never see the project’s value if negativity sits in your creative space. It’s like someone pointing a finger at you. What do you do? You stop all communication and get defensive. Listening and seeing stops when you say, “I don’t like it.” Follow the motto: “If you say, I can’t. You won’t. If you say, I might, you may. If you say I can, you will.”
The word soigné means elegantly maintained, well put together. Think about all the different techniques you know and which ones you need to learn (or tackle?). Looking for new quilty ideas starts by identifying what you already know (or do), so you can push yourself in a new direction. Buy the same fabrics? Buy the same colors? Make the same quilt? What can you do today to shake up your creativity? Change it up. Play. Enjoy.
About the Author
Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a New York City–based, international award–winning quilt and fiber artist, teacher, and lecturer. Victoria's work blends traditional and modern quilting, and she has a flair bringing the fine art of quilting to the modern age. vfwquilts.com
- Page Count: 160
- Size: 9.21 x 0.73 x 12.4 inches