Sydney Albertini is an amazingly talented quilt maker, ceramist, painter and fiber artist. She is also friend of our store and each time we see her walk in the door we are so excited to see what she has to show us!
Her whimsical quilts like the one above are always incredibly delightful and surprising! The way she puts together seemingly unrelated fabrics and colors to create a stunning whole is such an inspiration.
The most unique and amazing element in Sydney's work is her use of color. Her unexpected color combinations simply glow. These beautiful plates just look so luminous don't they? (FYI- Her ceramic line is available for sale at Barney's New York.)
This radiant and playful sense of color comes through in all of her work, whether it be a large quilt, a set of plates, or a painting.
Sydney herself says this about the subject of color:
"Color is the intricate basis of all my work. It goes hand in hand with the act of creation no matter the medium. When I look around me all I see is very precise infinite color.
I am always surprised by the strength in contrast big and small playing each color in a new way. I am constantly looking at colors in every aspect of life and making notes, conscious notes, of what I am seduced by or what feelings and emotions they bring on, which I would call my never ending color education which I rely on when I am working.
Of course to use colors in an absolute free way is to have no fear. You have to really look at color, at its first impression and underlying subtleties, to make the right choices on how to use them. In my work I like to offset classical colors or combinations, creating surprises and drawing people in by the immediate seductive power of color."
We love this idea of being fearless with color so we asked Sydney to share a textile project with Purl Bee readers. The Flower Sash project she decided on is classic Sydney: unique color combinations put together in a free, fun way to make something so unexpected and beautiful!
These flower sashes are simple and totally addictive to make. They are a great way to get your feet wet at becoming more comfortable with your use of color. The point of these is to pick out your own unique palette. Don't be afraid to be adventurous. You will probably be surprised by how out-there you can get and still end up with something lovely. If you'd like to give it a try just keep on reading!
Thank you to Sydney so much for sharing her inspiring work and this charming project with us!
PS. If you happen to live in the New York / Long Island area Sydney is having an art show of recent work from July 27th to the 29th in East Hampton NY at Asgawagh Hall. More info can be found here.