100 Titles for the 100 Day Project

by Lisa Call on December 19, 2016

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Red Sky Morning – Day 35
2016 ©Lisa Call
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

Titles Matter

A not insignificant* part of my creative effort during the 100 Day Project (which is now over – all 100 images are uploaded to my website – woohoo!) was selecting titles for each of the artworks.

(* this is kiwi for “a lot” – I’m learning to speak in double negatives down here.)

In the past I’ve gone with a rather academic naming scheme:  Structures #1, Structures #2, Structures #3, … Structures #199, Structures #200.

Markings #1, #2, #3 … etc

Home #1, #2, #3 … etc

Needless to say it hasn’t taken a lot of time or creativity to come up with those titles.

When I started selling my artwork direct to the public, I found my titles to be a bit of a hindrance.

They add nothing to enhance the viewers experience with the artwork.  And I felt at times they might have detracted from the experience.  The titles helped to remove then from the work vs bring them in closer.

A few years ago I started picking better names for my work.  Names that are more interesting and connect both me and my viewers to the content and meaning behind the compositions.  Names  such as Falling in Love – Cape Palliser and Seeking North add something to the artwork.

With better titles, I noticed a better engagement with my art.

100 Titles

When I decided to do the 100 Days Project, it was tempting to fall back into my lazy habits and name them day 1, day 2, day 3.

But this was all about the challenge, so they all received proper titles.  And it was indeed a challenge!  It is not easy naming art and definitely not easy naming 100 pieces of art in just 100 days.

Some pieces were easy to name – it was just obvious looking at them what to call them.

Some were more of a challenge and required some googling. Researching color names.  Image searches. Following random links and thoughts.  And when all else failed I asked the Kiwi guy – he had more than a few good suggestions.

For these 100 textile paintings the names have no pattern to them.  Some are food.  Some are flowers.  Some are colors.  Some are just kinda weird.

In the future, it might be interesting (and an even bigger challenge) to have names that fit into a single category for a project like this.

And now some of the names for this project…

Places

Day 42 where I’ve seen many a concerts:

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Red Rocks - Day 42 ©2016 Lisa Call
Red Rocks – Day 42

 

Day 46 was in mid-October and even though it was spring down here I can’t help but think of fall in Sept/October:

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Pumpkin Patch - Day 46 ©2016 Lisa Call
Pumpkin Patch – Day 46

 

And these colors and these lines – they just remind me of my home state of New Mexico.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt – Taos - Day 70 ©2016 Lisa Call
Taos – Day 70

 

On my last trip to Australia we went on tree top walk and for some reason kiwi guys likes to call it a sky walk.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt – Sky Walk - Day 87 ©2016 Lisa Call
Sky Walk – Day 87

 

Food

One of the more common titles that popped up centered around food.  Maybe not surprising that everyone though my artwork matched the food at our opening:

food

 

Here are just a few of the food names.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Blueberry Pancakes - Day 14 ©2016 Lisa Call
Blueberry Pancakes – Day 14

 

Black Doris plums are a favorite flavor of ice cream here in New Zealand.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Black Doris - Day 19 ©2016 Lisa Call
Black Doris – Day 19

 

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Velvet Cupcake - Day 41 ©2016 Lisa Call
Velvet Cupcake – Day 41

 

Seems most of the orange ones ended up being food names – do we eat a lot of orange food?  Hm.  Here are a few of the orange ones:

 

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Butterscotch Sundae - Day 51 ©2016 Lisa Call
Butterscotch Sundae – Day 51

 

Western slope – as in western slope peaches from Colorado.  The best best peaches ever!

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Western Slope - Day 54 ©2016 Lisa Call
Western Slope – Day 54

 

It was hard not to name all the brown ones after something chocolate.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Hot Chocolate - Day 65 ©2016 Lisa Call
Hot Chocolate – Day 65

 

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Petit Fours - Day 66 ©2016 Lisa Call
Petit Fours – Day 66

 

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt – Manuka Honey - Day 74 ©2016 Lisa Call
Manuka Honey – Day 74

 

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt – Asparagus - Day 80 ©2016 Lisa Call
Asparagus – Day 80

 

One of my childhood memories is getting limeades when we visited Santa Fe.  My dad loved the limes.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt – Limeade - Day 86 ©2016 Lisa Call
Limeade – Day 86

 

Flowers

These ones are all pretty obvious as you look through the listings.  This is one of my favorite titles – I was going to call it Tulips.  Kiwi guy changed it.  His suggestion was much better.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Tip Toe - Day 47 ©2016 Lisa Call
Tip Toe – Day 47

 

Songs Titles and Quotes from Books

Again some are pretty obvious like Red Red Wine.  And others are a bit more random.  Like this one…

This sentence came up in an audio book I was listening to in my studio while quilting this composition.  It seemed to just fit.  Plus who doesn’t want to possess a cat?

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - She Didn’t Even Possess a Cat - Day 64 ©2016 Lisa Call
She Didn’t Even Possess a Cat – Day 64

 

I had been struggling to name this one until I played a Doors song for kiwi guy for some reason.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Faces come out of the rain - Day 58 ©2016 Lisa Call
Faces Come Out of the Rain – Day 58

 

 

“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.”  ~Hal Borland

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - The Ideology of Violet - Day 20 ©2016 Lisa Call
The Ideology of Violet – Day 20

 

Random

Some of my titles are just sort of random and maybe don’t make a lot of sense – but there is always a connection somewhere.

They are building a new road up here on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand, part of it will be going through Transmission Gully.  The power lines will now have to share the space with some asphalt.  This was one of kiwi guys titles.  It worked (and I was drawing a blank.)

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Transmission Gully - Day 68 ©2016 Lisa Call
Transmission Gully – Day 68

 

This one is in reference to the frequency in which I see family groups wearing blue jeans and white shirts so they all match in their family photo.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Group Photo - Day 61 ©2016 Lisa Call
Group Photo – Day 61

 

Greywacke is the dark colored sandstone that creates New Zealand’s black sand beaches.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Greywacke - Day 57 ©2016 Lisa Call
Greywacke – Day 57

 

The kiwi guy likes to call popsicles “ice blocks” and feijo-lime is one of his favorite flavors.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt – Ice Blocks - Day 82 ©2016 Lisa Call
Ice Blocks – Day 82

 

I have to admit this one eludes me.  I can’t remember why I named it this.  What do you think?

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - 10 Feet Away - Day 32 ©2016 Lisa Call
10 Feet Away – Day 32

 

Artwork for Sale

All of the remaining 100 day project textile paintings (27 sold as of this writing) are available for $100 NZD (about $70 in US dollars) each plus $20 shipping to all locations.

NZD = New Zealand Dollars – which is around $70-75 US Dollars.

Click on the images or you can see all of the textile paintings in the 100 day project here:  100 Days Project – Monochromatic Compositions

{ 2 comments }

Kate Oszko December 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm

Lisa – I love the evocative names and the challenge you set yourself – very impressive!

Helen Conway December 20, 2016 at 12:04 am

Well you know I have always maintained that the words and the art are part of a combined package of story telling…good to have you on board! And yes, it works … I assume that you are charging slightly more for the Manuka honey, the way it’s always done with the foodstuff?!

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