Friday, September 2, 2011
Prayer 15" x 23.5" 2011
My camera skills aren't up to the task for this little piece which has taken me over a year to complete. The motifs in the center panel are the Buddhist eight spoked wheel, which represents the Path to follow in life, and the Mehndi hands, which I see as openly gesturing. I used Shiva Painstiks to rub these symbols from old wooden printing blocks onto the red-violet silk, and I quilted all the motifs with trapunto technique. At that point time slowed way down because I hand beaded all the motifs and all around the edge. For me the piece has a spiritual elegance, although it's still looking for its own display location in my home.