We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.
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.