Seeing red

Continuing with the ‘In Search of Peace’ series, I found myself wondering why so much of this work is white, grey and yellow. I wondered if there were any circumstances under which something like red might suggest peace. Ordinarily, red is such a fiery colour and can have associations with anger, power, bloodshed, danger, etc – although I admit that it never means any of those things to me. I generally see red as suggestive of energy, vitality and life force, and although it’s not one of my favourite colours, I wanted to see how I felt about working with it.

This is a 15″ diameter circle; hand pieced patchwork using scraps of red silk, applied to a pieced and patched white square background. Although it is quite vibrant, I think perhaps it might take its place in the Peace series. I’m currently making it a border of pieced aqua silks. I’m thinking sunset – maybe over winter fields.

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14 Responses to Seeing red

  1. Jan Marriott says:

    Karen, you seem at peace working with those colors, even if they are not your favorites…..perhaps you have ‘made peace’ with them

  2. maggi21 says:

    Even if not your favourite colours, you have done a great job. Gives me a feeling of warmth.

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  4. Erica says:

    Red is the colour of love too, so apt for a peace quilt. I enjoy the way the different reds work in this block very much.

  5. Penny says:

    Redliscious! And such a perfect appliquéd circle….that’s not easy!

  6. Beverley says:

    Passion and blood shed are often there just before peace.

  7. Rachel says:

    It does seem to have worked very well – warm and vibrant rather than aggressive – well done!

  8. Sweetpea says:

    …am seeing this red and responding to this red…and then I went right off into the sunset over those winter fields…

  9. karen says:

    I love this, red isn’t my colour either but you have combined those shades so well.

  10. Sunny says:

    Red is the color that corresponds to the root chakra — the one that grounds the spiritual forces in the body, the one that gives us the ability to work lovingly on the physical plane. Seems just about right to me.

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