Friday, May 17, 2013

"If I Could Save Time in a Bottle" 32.5"w x 18"h

Sew Eclectic, my other artist group, is working from storyboards we each created to illustrate what inspires us.  In March I received my friend Barbara's board (above).  It is an assortment of mostly three dimensional ephemera all wrapped in cellophane.  At first I was reminded of the specimen boxes in which the late Victorians displayed collections of insects, shells, etc.  Then I thought the earbuds on the bamboo placemat looked like calligraphy.  But, as the deadline for my creation rapidly approached, I began to be reminded of my late father.   The cellophane wrapping of so much diverse stuff reminded me of his habit of picking up little bits and bobs and displaying them in bottles and jars all over his house.
So my quilt includes plastic "bottles" in which I have places loose bits like beads, threads, shells, coins, charms, etc.  There seems no better title for it than Jim Croce's haunting lyric.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Market Woman, West Africa (small and smaller)

If my memory serves me well, my Market Woman of West Africa first entered my artistic life as a silkscreened Christmas card sometime in the late 70s.  Recently she reappeared when I used her as a focal point for a wall quilt.  But she's been hanging around over the last month.  So the top image here shows how I used her for my 12 by 12 inch donation to the SAQA 2013 Benefit Auction.

Then a couple of weeks ago, Anna, a fellow artist and friend, reconnected me with another favorite medium from the 70s--carved block printing.  So here's my market woman now carved on Speedball rubber and printed on a scrap of fabric I silkscreened back in those same 70s.  She's on her way to destinations in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. as a postcard for Postmark'd Art.  

Unlike me, my Market Woman hasn't aged a day since she made her first appearance.  Please consider her an early Happy Mother's Day greeting to all the moms who might enjoy her.