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Creative Strength Training by Jane Dunnewold

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Really Big or Really Obsessive?

STUDY IN RED AND RED ORANGE

Catherine Kirsch, 2013

12" × 12" (30cm × 30cm)

Fiber reactive MX dye, Setacolor fabric paint, embroidery floss on linen

Have you ever thought about the wow factor of making? You know what I mean by the wow factor. It’s what happens when you see work in a gallery or workshop, and your immediate, visceral reaction is wow. I’ve been trying to unravel the wow factor most of my life.

Lots of artwork is easy to like—pieces with gorgeous color and a few appealing visual elements. I knew an artist who spent his entire career composing functionally pleasing collages—either bold in the use of materials ...

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