Tuesday, November 10, 2009

What's Modern: No Negative Space

We talked about the use of negative space in quilts but I think it's also important to talk about non negative space. I know some people are nervous about using "too much print" in their blocks but I don't think there's anything to fear. The key is to use value or color to give the eye a place to rest.

These quilts, while busy, feature contrasting values (light and dark) in order to make the design pop. The eye is drawn to the dark fabrics which are restful amidst the chaos.

These quilts use fabrics that are all a similar value. The lack of contrast makes these quilts feel calm (even though they're very bright).

And these quilts use color to give the eye a place to rest.

What do you think? Do you like the all pattern, no solids look of these quilts? Do you find they're too busy, too chaotic?
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