Formstorming: Abby Larson

The women of Gee’s Bend, undoubtedly create beautiful pieces of art. Their work is similar to formstorming if you consider the process. They repeat the same process over and over again with multitudes of different results. These women push their creative boundaries to create completely unique and one of a kind quilts.

Made by Gearldine Westbrook
Created in 1950
Made from denim and cotton twill work clothes
80 x 70 inches large

This quilt to the right is made from denim and cotton work clothes, and the recycled clothing is pieced together to create a stunning and visually appealing work of art. This quilt is a great example of an abstract geometrical pattern. The squares and rectangles that make up this pattern are definitely not symmetrical, but there is still a sense of balance. The pieces of clothing guide your eyes to move across the entire quilt, creating a rhythm of movement. The color of each scrap of fabric also join together to give the viewer a sense of balance despite the abstract nature of the quilt.




Made by Lucy T. Pettway in 1970
Materials used are cotton and cotton blend
It is 80 x 76 inches large

This quilt to the right is at first, considered abstract, but when given context, it is representational. The title of this quilt is “Housetop” and once the viewer knows that, they can see that this pattern is inspired by the rafters that form to create a pointed roof. Looking at this quilt, the viewer gets a sense of depth, causing the eyes to move from the center to the edge and back in again. This movement is a form of rhythm. While not all the squares in the quilt are made of the same color/type of fabric, there is still a sense of balance. The squares with seemingly arbitrary pieces of fabric sewn in typically have another random piece of fabric on the opposite side. The geometric pattern that forms this rooftop comes together to gives the viewer a pleasing sense of geometric, representational balance.

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