Sunday, March 25, 2012

Google Doodles

Do you ever wonder how Google chooses which birthdays or events to celebrate with a special logo (which I now know is called a doodle)? I mean, there has to be a ton of possibilities for every single day, and obviously Google doesn't do one every day. So how do they choose who -- or what -- to honor? I found the explanation here, AND you can even go look at all the doodles ever created.

In case you're having trouble with insomnia, it's a fun way to pass the time. 
Just sayin'.

What got me started on this whole thing was Friday's doodle celebrating what would have been the 125th birthday of Juan Gris.
Never heard of him? He was from Spain and part of the whole Cubist movement in painting. I thought the Google team did a great job combining some of his works into a doodle!

I came across his work a number of years ago, and when I wanted to try my hand at an art quilt, I decided to start with interpreting his Landscape with Houses at Cerat.
Cubism was perfect for my purpose because the corners don't have to meet -- an important criteria for someone whose sewing ability at the time left much to be desired.  And I liked that particular painting because, although cubist, it was still obviously a landscape.

I had a lot of fun making this quilt, which was a house warming gift for dear friends who had just bought their first house in Washington, D.C. She has it hanging in her dining room; at around 3' x 5' it does a nice job filling up wall space. In this photo it's impossible to see all the beads, buttons and other dimensional items I used, but you can see more detailed photos of the quilt here.

One of these years I'd like to do another art quilt for my own house. And sticking with the cubist style suits me, because even though I've improved in the sewing department, I'm still far from being an accomplished seamstress.    

Do you have a favorite Google doodle?


Mari said...

I always enjoy seeing what Google is doing with their page. I really liked the one a few months back that was a guitar of sorts that you could actually play and record.
Your art quilt is amazing - I would say you are extremely talented!

junglewife said...

Fun information! I must admit that I have wondered as well but never went to the trouble to look it up :-)

I love your quilt - amazing how close you were able to get in your "interpretation" of the painting. I don't think anyone would have any trouble recognizing the painting from your quilt! You are very talented!

The Bug said...

That is about the coolest quilt I have ever seen! I love his art style & I thought the doodle was pretty neat too.

rita said...

You are a true artist!