I decided several years ago that working in standard formats and sizes was an excellent way for disparate art works to be combined in a coherent, logical presentation. Footnotes are foot-square (12x12inch) art quilts. Creating them is a way to concentrate on one or two aspects of my process and work on design on a small scale. Also, making small compositions lets me dig into the scrap basket for off-cuts of favorite fabrics—often to use the last bits of a particularly interesting surface design on cloth that I painted, discharged, printed or dyed for large scale work.
Designing in the foot-square size is satisfying: I can set up lines or shapes to continue across space and move the viewer’s eye around the piece. My presentation of the footnotes has evolved. I now layer with stiff Peltex batting to avoid the potholder look and on occasion I mount footnotes on stretched canvas or cradled board.