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.

Thursday, 31 December 2015


This is the fourth in my series for "Nature Abstracted", butterfly eggs.  "Naissance" is defined as "a birth, an origination, or a growth, as that of a person, an organization, an idea, or a movement".  The butterfly eggs seem to be about ready to hatch.  Through their fragile outer shell we can see the bright colors of the soon-to-emerge caterpillars. The butterfly lays her eggs on the surfaces of leaves.  All beings in this world are at their most fragile as they await their birth, and the eggs seem fragile and unprotected as they wait for their destiny--much like a new idea or inspiration.  As we draw to the end of 2015 and toward the "birth" of 2016, the world seems to be fragile as well.  Could all species on this planet be on the verge of extinction like the fragile butterflies?  We must wait to find out.

I constructed this quilt using fusible applique for each of the fabric pieces in the leaf and stem and then machine stitched each pieces into place and free motion quilted.  The eggs are constructed using fabric scraps from the three previous quilts of the butterfly, the chrysalis and the caterpillar, covered with a translucent white organza, and then fused and appliqued to the stem.  The eggs are nestled between two lengths of fuzzy silk yarn.


1 comment:

  1. Using the organza to cover the pieces within the egg shape has worked so well Frances - loved the word 'naissance' too- not heard of it before.