I've been thinking about the stark appeal of black and white for a while (remember this?!)
I've always resisted black and white, I was trained in art school to see both as 'non-colours'. Then I saw a book about Nancy Crow's quilts and I started to change my mind. I'm still resisting combining black with colour, I think it takes a really skilled touch to carry it off, but I've warmed to the idea of black and white with little coloured highlights here and there.
I was working on the beetle cushion (for my current bugs phase!) while I stayed in Birmingham for the festival and those quilts must have influenced me because I couldn't resist adding a touch of lime green to the finished cushion when I got home.
This monochrome-with-a-touch-of-really-bright-colour combination appeals to the 80's youth in me, when things like that were all the rage!