2014 The Journey continues
Our experiences as a group over the last two years has help develop and inform our direction of travel - our first exhibition this year (Veldhoven October 2013) will be followed by two more in 2014; London in early April for the 2012 pieces and Beaujolais in Mid April for the 2013 series.
We move forward in 2014 maintaining the same size for our work (A3 30x42 cm or 12 x17 inches); after some discussion the group has determined that an open theme of 'The earth' will be the theme for this year. This will give us each the opportunity to interpret the theme in our own way to produce a series of six pieces, one every two months.
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England - February 1978
This is the second in my "Earth" series of places in the world that have made a lasting impression on me. I visited Stonehenge on my first trip to England in February 1978. At that time, visitors to the site could walk among the stones. I could feel the power and intensity of Stonehenge and I also felt a connection with the ancient people who constructed the site--no doubt I had some relatives in that group since much of my ancestry comes from England and northern Europe. We visited Stonehenge early in the morning, the after a light snowfall the night before. The surrounding plains were white with snow and the massive rocks really stood out against the white background.
For this quilt, I used one of my photographs of Stonehenge. I sent the photograph off to Spoonflower and had it printed on fabric. I cut out the stone shapes and appliqued them onto a piece of color gradient fabric. I added the velvet and foil fabric in the shadows of the stones to help illustrate the inherent power of Stonehenge. As you walk by this piece, the light changes on the foil strips in the velvet fabric and makes for interesting light effects. I agonized over this piece for weeks before I finally put it together and I must say I'm very happy with the results.