This art quilt, recently on display at Galley Nord in San Antonio at the FASA annual exhibit, just sold! It feels like such a privilege to have my work find a new home, kind of like seeing a child leave home in a minor kind of way. This piece took shape on my design table this summer in the midst of terrible drought -- all the garden was dying, even with regular watering. The heat was fierce, all the world seemed to be coming to a dusty end. So, this piece, Prayer for Rain: Pond, a visual plea for relief from a serious female being rising from water lilies.
As with much of my other work, this piece began with an inkling of an idea, a stack of fabrics and then, cutting, fusing and quilting.
This piece was awarded a prize in the FASA exhibit for the best use of surface design techniques by the judge, with the gift from the Surface Design Association for a year's membership. The piece does have a wide variety of surface design treatments: screen printing, layered stitched overlay, hand and machine embroidery, shibori, even a cyanotype fabric for the sky. I did some of the work, and used found fabric for other additions (notably the cyanotype, a gift from my friend Mary Ann Johnson; and the frayed and torn turtle mole reverse embroidery from an anonymous Cuna Indian maker from Panama. I love using different found fabrics -- and it certainly gives me justification for hours spent wandering around thrift stores!
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