Playtime in the studio during my favorite season. The background is layered bits of threads and fabrics under tulle and heavily stitched. The fragmented leaves are painted and melted Lutradur. The whole leaves are Angelina film sandwiched in chiffon. Some are dangling from the top on beaded stems so they flutter in a breeze.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Repeated like a mantra, the title inspired this quilt. Hand-painted and commercial cottons and rich silks represent the diversity of people in the world. The circle surrounded by water symbolizes the possibility of peace. The stitched spiral is the seeking. This quilt was exhibited in "Peace and Politics: An Artist's Agenda for America" in Philadelphia, PA. in 2008.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Koji Wada was a purveyor of fine Japanese fabric. I met him at the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture where he presented a lecture and trunk show. This quilt is made from silks I purchased from him and was inspired by news of his death. The path is from a photo of the path at the Clark Center.
In Ireland, I was fascinated by the use of stone and prehistoric symbolism, which was freely incorporated into Christian art. The background of this quilt is velour upholstery fabric which I painted, layered with mossy silk roving, and heavily stitched to look like old walls. I added pieces of felt covered with painted fusible web which I heat-distorted. The windows are my painted fabrics with foiled and stitched fragments of Celtic symbols. Painted puff paint frames each window for more texture.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Challenged to make a quilt using only stripes and plaids, I used silks, home decor fabrics, and hand beading to make it more lush.
It was juried into SAQA's exhibition titled "Points of View" and is currently touring the U.S.
"Blue Boobs" is an interpretation of my breast thermography image taken in 2009. I painted the image on whole cloth and beaded the blue parts to make them "best." It has been juried into Studio Art Quilt Associates' exhibition titled "Art Meets Science," which will debut at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England in August 2010.