Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Hellooooooo Houston!

Journal Quilt 2008 17" x 22" are up in Houston which means I can now share my entry that was juried in with you! Out of nearly 200; only 36 were taken & you can believe me; I feel incredibly honored by my entries inclusion.

The theme was 'Elements'. I chose water and did an interpretation of recycling to save our wonderous wetlands. Here's my artist statement:

This quilt was inspired by my passion to conserve our natural wetlands. The materials used consist of recycled flower bouquet wrappers that are plastic. I won’t go into detail about the irony of wrapping something natural and beautiful like flowers in something that will ultimately destroy what is natural and beautiful like our wildlife. The flamingoes themselves are plastic drink stirrers. The buttons are plastic as well as some of the filaments in the decorative yarns.

I created this piece one Sunday morning with my 15 year old daughter Ellen. I had taken the fabric and cut it up and inverted the colors to give the best contrast and ‘pop’ the design. I then laid the flamingoes down & played with the ‘organic’ placement of the decorative fibers. I wanted to go with beads (my other passion) but Ellen assured me that what it needed was some of her beloved plastic button collection. So while she bent over the work table intent on placement and color of the buttons; I was able to stand there and be intent on watching her, in the soft morning light, hair strands falling gently following the curve of her face.

What will we be leaving our children? Something lasting or something shiny and plastic that will ultimately fail and pale by comparison to the beauty and grandeur that is the natural world?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Baby Blankets

These were easy, fast & fun! The backs are solid flannel. Tops are primarily cotton with one or two smaller squares that are flannel. The cat one came as a kit that I eliminated the 'minky' tourquoise & replaced with the batik; the Pooh Bear I had to create as there is no 'girl' Pooh Bear stuff; to which I say 'Duh!" all the characters are male except for the shallowly formed Kanga. Nothing against Pooh; Tigger is my favorite! The cat one is for my hairdressers new daughter Sadie; the Pooh Bear was commissioned by a co-worker.