Gaugin’s Cabin

18″ x 19″
photographs and thread

It’s amazing what happens when you apply one simple restriction to your color palette. This photoquilt looks very colorful, but one color is missing. Can you tell which one isn’t there? The result has a surprisingly fruity and tropical quality that I associate with some of Paul Gaugin’s paintings of Tahiti. The pattern is a log cabin, but instead of using straight strips to build out each block, improvisationally chopped strips each have a slight angle which lends movement to the piece. All of this combines into a work that feels happier and more fun than a traditional log cabin quilt (which I have also made.) And, if you haven’t figured it out yet, green is the color that is not included. Sure, there’s teal, but no really “green” greens here.