The journey continues 2015
We go forward as a group into our fourth year with the challenges of working our pieces in series at A2 size. The working theme for this year is 'Nature Abstracted'; we will be producing one piece of work every three months, four in total over the year.
As an added challenge this year a number of the group are preparing additional work for a group exhibit at the Taiwan International Show in 2016.
Our work from 2013 was exhibited at the ICHF Show in March at the NEC Birmingham and our 2014 work is travelling to Minnesota in the USA as a special exhibit.
Saturday, 15 August 2015
Thursday, 13 August 2015
I have been working on a set of quilts using counterchange principles - light on a dark background and dark on a light background.
I now have a nature abstracted counterchange series
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Memento Mori is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is related to the ars moriendi ("The Art of Dying") and related literature. Memento Mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character, by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.
I think previous generations had a healthier approach to death than we have! We hide from it and try to evade, when it's as necessary as breathing and something we all face. As a society we elevate the young and beautiful and marginalise the older and wiser. Our arrogance and greed is destroying the air we breath.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
I neglected to post a photograph of my quilt for the Taiwan show. Here is the photograph together with my artist's statement about the piece.
Saturday, 18 July 2015
The beautiful hand-dyed background fabric for this quilt was purchased from Carol R. Eaton at the SAQA Fiberlandia conference this spring. The quilt was constructed using fusible web applique and was machine quilted.
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Sunday, 12 July 2015
The background fabrics are colours of the bird itself: lot of blues with a bit of white, grey and brown. The text is a bit of cliché I know but could not come up with anything more original. I made a stencil of this, stitched it first, and then painted with acrylics. The quilting in the background are all blue feet (was rather boring I must say). In the left upper corner I quilted the outline of a booby in a funny position (based on a real photo), and painted its feet turquoise.