This is new work, a larger and modified version of the study I did for the SAQA trunk show late last year. I love the graphic look to it. Seems strong but calm. And, it has my signature circles that are hand embroidered which you can see in the detail sketch. Majestic measures 23 x 38 inches.
This is a detail version so that you can see the stitching. Click on it to make it larger.
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The Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) has a call for entry for the 2017 SAQA Trunk Show. These small works measure 7 x 10 inches. They are bundled into small groups and travel the world, showcasing the work of fiber artists. This is my entry.
You Can't Step into the Same River Twice
It is a funny name, I know. But, it seems to me to be a metaphor for life.
It is the first in this series. I find it quite joyful to work in this small size, trying out ideas for larger works to come.
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This artwork was begun some time ago. It was based on a novel, The God of Small Things, about fraternal twins growing up in India. They were born into an upper level caste. The boy should have thrived. The girl would have a harder time doing so. Because of life events, the opposite occurred.
I have symbolized the girl as a flower within the triangle which is rising. The boy is symbolized with a graphic from the flag of India but he is diminishing. I always loved the graphic look to this art work but felt it could be stronger. This year I approached it once again and added corded outlines to the outside of the triangles to further define the shapes and then added an extensive amount of quilting which adds a third dimension. I love it to bits now.
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The MIX exhibit for this year is called Urban PDX. After photographing the city, I chose to work with two bridges: the 1930's built St Johns bridge and the newly introduced Tillicum Crossing. Our task was to create one large piece, with dimensions of 30x40 inches in portrait orientation and one piece that is 8x20 Inches.
For the large piece, I knew that I did not want to have a typical colored sky. I love this piece of discharged cloth that to me resembles a sky at sunset and so the background is whole cloth. I chose to give the St Johns bridge elder statesman status and feature it very boldly. The new younger sister is juxtaposed across. She is created with a contemporary floral and a black and white graphic print. I don't usually put borders on art work but the sunset needed to be reigned in. This piece is named An Urban Conversation.
For the smaller piece, I stepped out of the box completely. This bridge backdrop was created on my IPad with a photography app that distorted the bridge. It was then taken into Photoshop where the orange colorations were created and grunged. This was printed on my home printer and the black bridge was appliqued on top. I love working this way.