Design course and notes online

Charlotte Jirousek of Cornell University have provided a textbook for Art Design and Visual Thinking a course on design. The site includes articles on the design elements, application of media and notes on the fine art movements, and the decorative arts. This site has a number of strengths as it is interactive, linking to sources online and it is not limited to Western Art.

Contemporary textile artists and their journal quilts.

I am still poking around finding journal quilts they have become quit fascinating as documents of our time. Since my last post on this topic I have had a response from June Underwood. Needless to say I took a look at her site. Having just made it through another hot Australian summer I responded immediately to a journal quilt made in August 2002.

Exploring these journal quilts is leading me into nooks and crannies of the web I have not previously explored. Gloria Hansen is another quilter who has also made journal quilts. Her training in graphic arts is easily seen in the bold geometrics her larger quilts display. The smaller format of the A4 size has not cramped her style as although other techniques such as inkjet printing and beading are employed, geometrics still regularly appear through her journal quilts.


Textiles are often associated with the domestic environment with comfort and care. Making political or ideological statements is not commonly seen as their role but textile practitioners have a long tradition of doing so. In last few decades some contemporary quilt artists have used the medium to attempt to bring about a better world. Rehumanize promotes an anti-war message and is in the process of creating a memorial quilt dedicated to the lives lost in the US/UK war on Iraq. Quilters including children are contributing to this project.

As any quilter will acknowledge often oral histories are associated with a particular quilt or textile and the telling of the story is as important as the quilt. True to this tradition this project is also highlighting the many stories behind the otherwise anonymous deaths.