Thursday, August 18, 2011
Ah, the Mixing thing again
I was watching an old Lon Chaney silent movie the other night, Mr. Wu, and he was sporting a Kimono made of mixed patterns. That film was from 1923. As I suspected, mixing patterns is nothing new. I've been trying to understand a formula for success in this tricky trend, and have yet to come up with one. Sometimes it helps to see it from another time perspective--so I've been looking for it in movies, books--whatever. "Crazy quilt" patterns employ mixed prints-- as with many artistic quilts today. What's the trick? Again, it's a thread that may tie the patterns together; but sometimes it's darn hard to figure out what those threads are--as in the two above. What would be your guesses as to why they work or don't?