Hard Edges and Fiber Art Inspiration (Art by Others)

Hard Edges and Fiber Art Inspiration (Art by Others)

Hard Edges and Fiber Art Inspiration

One of the criticisms I get from pastellists about my work (other than it is too vibrant) is that it is “too hard edged.” Pastels are soft and easy to blend. I contrast my hard and soft edges, but unlike most pastellists, I always favor the hard edge, because I like the result better. This is often juried as too brash or bold.

I take refuge in looking at fiber art– the kind with seams, which doesn’t apologize for their edges between elements. There are a lot of great art quilts out there with abstract themes that inspire me. Nowhere in the pastel world do you get this much clear cut, intense, hard edged juxtaposition. It thrills me to see it, and I’m not the only one that likes it!

These photos were screen shotted from my fiber art Pinterest board (hence the fuzziness of the photography); you can see my  entire collection here. All work is done by others, and attribution, where known, can be found in that link.

To not limit your expression to the expectations of peers in your medium, sometimes it is best to look for inspiration in a medium that is not yours! See in this post some compositions and color combinations I’ve been studying lately.























I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Mary Beth 2 years ago

    My word, I like all of these especially # 1 & 9.

  2. Sue Krevitt 2 years ago


    Infinite Creative Mind!!

  3. Diane W 7 months ago

    I dont understand why anyone would be critical of your hard edges? It is quite difficult to get a nice clean hard edge with pastel…but that is your style and I like most of them a LOT! I can see why you use pastels because although of course you CAN use them softly and blend, you can also get some very intense colours with a velvety matt finish.

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