At long last I can share! I still can’t believe that I am amongst those juried in to the Living Colour Textiles exhibit curated by Australian Brenda Gael Smith.
To see the full exhibit, click on the link in the caption.
I knew I wanted to do something big and bold. At first I wanted to do a lily, but when I began working on this piece it was mid-winter—not the ideal time of year to go out in Maine and snap pictures of lilies. Then I realized I had the perfect image right in our own dining room: an amaryllis. So I waited patiently for the blossoms to open, took a ga-zillion phiotos, then selected the right ones.
I dyed the red fabric as well as the green/yellow in the centers (and used commercial batiks and my hand-dyes in the background). I thread-sketched the amaryllis onto batting and backing, then cut away the batting/backing underneath the background, added a second layer of batting (Matilda’s Own Wool-Poly, and thrilled that this wonderful Aussie batting gets to visit “home”), quilted the background densely and around the petals and stamens. Finished size pieces in the exhibit is 40 x 100 cm, or about 16 x 39 1/2 inches.
Here is a detail:
Brenda has a full listing of where the quilts will be on display on the website. You can also buy an exhibit catalog (published by Blurb) directly from Brenda or, more conveniently for those of us in the US, directly from Blurb. I’ll add that link here, but at the moment I gotta run! Spring break has arrived and we are heading out the door to take Eli on his first college visits! Back soon!