The Vintage Purse quilt hanging over faux leopard sofa and sculpture

But does it match the sofa?

I’ve never really thought about that when I’m making art. When I have a show coming up in a public space, I usually spend a lot of time photographing, measuring, and once even made a gallery dollhouse. I’ve also made pieces and even series of works for specific spaces.

But the odd thing is, I’ve never hung one of my quilts in a living space. So last fall when several of you commented on my blog that I needed to hang art in this space, I’d been meaning to get to it.

Big surprise here! This is what I consider to be one of my mid-size pieces — not really big, and not really small. But here in the studio lobby, it looks kind of over-powering. The sofa’s not small. It’s an antique red-velvet sofa I recovered with faux fur, and it’s a nice size for napping, or fainting, or whatever you want to call a mid-afternoon or middle of a late night crash.

Hmm, guess I’ll have to think about this some more…. maybe after a short faint.

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    PaMdora

    You’re right, I’m not really very good with interior design – it’s something I always struggle with. I guess I was looking at the space more as a staging area to look at my art and think about where I want to go with it, not as a permanent design solution. I’m looking for a gallery hanging system so we can change the art easily because the walls are block, and it’s difficult to change right now.

    Thanks for the all the comments and ideas!

  2. Fitzy

    I love all the pieces individually, and I’m ok with the color of the divan/art/floor covering. I’m no designer, but there are lots of hard lines, and am looking for a little texture. Perhaps the wall color will help.

  3. Dianna

    I love the space. I think the problem is not the size of the piece as much as the color of the piece. The green might not be quiet enough! Not to seem negative, I love all your work, but something with browns, blues or a touch of red or orange would work also.

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    PaMdora

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments. It’s kind of fun also, to see the quilt through my office door when I look out to the lobby.

  5. Stacy Hurt

    I love the way the table in the quilt creates a sort of round top to the couch joining those two elements. (Do you know what I mean? Sort of like a giant headboard on a bed) It really works. Very nicely done!

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      PaMdora

      Thanks Stacy, I know what you mean. Kind of funny how that works!

      I loved feeding the fish on your blog. We used to have a koi pond, and it was very meditative to feed them. Your fish are a lot better colors though!

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      PaMdora

      The coffee table was made back in the 60’s by a local furniture company, but I found it in a flea market. The rug, I can’t remember! I found it rolled up in the back of the studio.

  6. Barb

    I’ve got to agree with Laura and Trisha – I love it there, and don’t think it’s too large at all. It feels bold and secure and proud to be hangin’ around! Really – I love it.

  7. Trisha

    I think it’s the perfect size for the space. But then again, I have a painting about that size on my living room wall, so I may be biased…

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