Quilt Block

“Traditional Quilt Block”


13” x 17” (framed dimensions)

Growing up in the rural South as I did, handmade quilts were simply part of life.  My grandmother would have quilting parties at her house and the local women would “visit” while they stitched by hand.  She would fasten the quilt to be worked on in a wooden frame and suspend it from hooks in the ceiling.  They would line their chairs up side-by-side and work on one section at a time.  As a section was completed, it would be rolled up like a scroll so that a new section was on the edge of the frame.  This continued until the entire thing was finished.  The end result was a piece of functional art that had been made by the community.  Life was so much simpler then.

Using that as my inspiration, I decided to make a quilt block (with a contemporary spin).  This is a quilt block made of glass.  There are two dozen pieces of glass that were cut by hand and then individually inked.  For this particular pattern the white spaces between the colored squares would have been a solid color fabric but I preferred to leave them white for a very contemporary feel.

This piece was professionally finished with a simple black frame.  It has two mats (top mat is white with black core, bottom mat is beige with black core) and reflection control glass.

This original piece is available and, as always, feedback is appreciated.

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Rick Hooper

About Rick Hooper

My journey began in the rural South where the woods served as my playground and my imagination was my best friend.  Some would call me a “late bloomer” since I did not take up art until I was approaching the end of my military career.  Sometimes it seems that art has chosen me and I can’t separate it from the other aspects of my life, not that there is any reason to try.

I am an experimenter and truly believe this to be the best way to advance.  Some ideas work and some do not.  The trick is learning to enjoy the successes and not be stonewalled by the ugly ducklings.  Art is an experiment.  It is an adventure.  It is a fascinating journey.

I learned how to do custom framing while in the Marines and enjoyed it so much that it became a sideline business.  After framing cool artwork for others, I thought it might be fun to try and do my own.  And that was that.  After retiring I had a gallery and custom frame shop but found that running a business single-handedly left precious little time for creating.  I am now a full-time artist and part-time framer and I have found this to be much more enjoyable.  Framing truly is an art unto itself and I put as much care into the packaging as I do the product.