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Thursday, 28 October 2021

Twenty fabric collection

 


And finally, it's time to introduce you to my newest fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics called Twenty


When I start designing a collection, I always think about the story, or theme behind it. With this collection it was a bit different, as this was my 20th collection with Art Gallery fabrics and my idea was to gather a group of prints that would work nicely together as a group, but also individually, for different kinds of projects. So the only theme or story was cohesiveness and unified color story. I wanted to cover almost all the elements and principles of art from color, line, shape, form, value, texture, and space. So my aim was to have contrasting prints, but also very harmonious ones, to provide balance, variety, movement and rhythm, with a kind of minimalistic, almost basic designs, that would provide importance to the whole, to the collection as entity.


I was so inspired with this collection, as it has 20 designs printed on quilting cotton-that I created 2 new quilt patterns: Vibrato and Kelim
















While I was making Vibrato quilt, my friend Barbara Opett created throw version of my Kelim pattern.


AGF created another amazing look book that contains many beautiful projects from different makers and I hope that you may find your favorite project to make.

xx

Katarina

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

PhD exhibition "Pixel in tradition or tradition in pixel"

 

I really don't know why it took me so long to blog about one of the most important things that happened in my life, but better later than never. So here it is...

In 2013, about the same time when I started working with AGF, I enrolled for the PHD program, opened for the first time at the Faculty of Applied arts and design, here in Belgrade. It's the Faculty where I got my Masters degree 18 yrs ago. I was excepted and after 3 years of attending the lessons and doing exams, I picked my theme "Pixel in tradition or tradition in pixel" based on square as main element in art compositions that I was making-whether it was the field of textiles or painting. 

So, finally after written part was accepted, I prepared my exhibition and here are some photos and videos from the opening, in June. 
















Here are some of the works from the exhibition, first two are woven textile installations, named "Desa" and "Mica", after my grandmothers.




"Pablo" is the installation with moveable alumina squares on magnetic board.



"Marta" is an installation with 10 cm acrylic painted canvas squares.




Last two are textile collages: "Cherry on the top" and "Indelible"


You can also read my thesis abstract page in English.

The doctoral art project:  Pixel in tradition or tradition in pixel  relies on previous experience in painting, graphics and textile design. It consists of a written paperwork and practical artistic realization. Using traditional techniques: mosaic, acrylic, oil on canvas and patchwork with the introduction of unconventional materials (alumina), the desire and goal is to connect traditional and modern, different areas of art, through the creation of art installations. A square as an element within a given geometric grid is taken as an analog model of a modern digital pixel. A pixel is the smallest distinguishable and resolvable area in an image (in most types of screens it is a square, but it can also be a rectangle), ie the sample of the original image and the smallest controllable picture element displayed on the screen. Accordingly, in the physical world, if the screen is replaced by the surface of the art composition, the smallest controlled element is a square.

The theoretical part of the doctoral project studies the connection and use of the traditional element - square and modern digital pixel, and explains their analog-digital relation, as well as their relationship through the terms traditional and modern. In order to establish an adequate connection between the traditional and the new, certain artworks and artists, who used geometric elements in composing and creating, are systematically analyzed using observation and comparative method. In addition to presenting and connecting theoretical material related to the topic, attention is also focused on resolving the relationship between intuition and rationality as factors in the creative act. The written part of the paper, in addition to the historical overview and the theoretical basis related to the topic, also contains a visual overview of the material, from sketches to finished compositions of the doctoral project.

By using the basic geometric element-square as the main artistic constructional element, the art installations are made as part of the practical work and exhibition. The shape of the square is the starting point for the development of compositions - installations through different materials in the making: painting canvas, alumina and textiles. These materials are not combined with each other, but separate compositions are created of each of these materials, and their spatial combination achieves a unique entity and interaction. Special attention is paid to the installation with an interactive character - a kind of spatial puzzle, which allows the observer to be an active participant in the exhibition, in creating a composition with the offered elements.


xx

Katarina


Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Modern fabric book feature


During last year I had huge privilege to be one of 25 featured fabric artists in the Modern Fabric book, written by Abby Gilchrist and Amelia Poole. 

 The book is really an eye candy and holds great information and details about different artists in this field. I feel extremely happy and grateful to have several pages about my work too.


Without revealing too much, I can warmly recommend this book, it would make certainly a wonderful gift to all aspiring textile artists.

xx
Katarina


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

TRAVAYA quilt pattern

I am so thrilled and excited to launch my newest quilt pattern in my Etsy shop: Travaya!!!  🌿
This quilt pattern is quite easy to make, as it’s created with simple, 9-patch blocks and some variations of the block, complemented with borders and sashing.

The name Travaya is a conjunction of the French word “travée” (bay, structural beam) and English word “travel”, to reflect block’s architectural look and to evoke traveling spirit and joy of discovering new things and places. 

I had so much fun creating it and photographing it, too. You may notice some differences in the beige background fabric-that's because it's consisted of different testing versions (strike offs) of the fabric used called Ceremonial Kain and some linen white pure element by AGF.







This pattern is also my first project with my newest fabric collection:
Boscage, just shipping to shops. 

During this week, on my Instagram, I will present 14 stunning versions of Travaya quilts created by my amazing group of testers that I can’t thank enough for all the help, support, engagement and beautiful work on this quilt pattern 

Barbara @missdaisey7 


Becky @keepmeinstitches 



Lorrie @langdon813 



Debbie @mumziepooh 


Amanda
@marmanda 


Lori
@thegreyfinchcompany 



Becky @countrychickfabrics 



Sue @vinyardquilts 



Lynne @tinkingalong 



Jennifer @jeifner 



Robbin @sewfarmquilter 









Barbara @blockandborder  



Alexandria @alexandriiaquilts 



Tisha @quiltytherapy


These are just some details of their amazing work, so I suggest to click on their pages to see more and show them some love. 


To celebrate my Travaya quilt release I decided to do an exclusive Instagram giveaway!🎉 
I will choose 5x2 lucky winners and email the pattern 💚

To enter the giveaway and win this pattern, please just go to my Instagram account - @katarinaroccella and see the details.

* The giveaway will be closed on Friday, May 7th (12 noon Central European time) and winners will be announced there on Friday.

Also, I activated the Mother’s day sale in my shop and special coupon code: “TRAVAYA ” for the 30% off until June!

Happy May,

Katarina

Monday, 28 December 2020

Aquarelle fabric collection

My Aquarelle collection for Art Gallery fabrics is out, as well as Aquarelle fabrics look book by AGF.

The look book is filled with so many beautiful projects, and as always I can't THANK enough everyone for taking their time to create something unique with this collection.

Aquarelle by Katarina Roccella

In my previous post, you could see some ornaments I created and now, I want to share some pics of the Interlude quilt I created with Aquarelle fabrics.





I didn't have my yardage available with me at the time that I was making the quilt, mostly during November, as my original vision and mock-up was this one, aside. 


But I am sure that I will re-create it in similar, darker version with some next collection, perhaps.













My quilting skills haven't improved much in the last few years, I think, but I am so happy with the overall look, especially as the quilt is quite big (66 x 88").
I put the 30% discount in my Etsy shop till the end of this year, so if you have desire to try some of my  PDF patterns, now is a good moment to do that ;)

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!!


Katarina
xx