At long last! There has been precious little time for making art quilts over the past few years. What with family chaos, the hurly burly of every-day-life, writing a book and making all the samples, marketing the book, travel-teaching and whatnot, I’ve can scarcely recall the last large art quilt I made just for the sake of making it. Here’s a detail (you’ll have to keep reading to see the rest! yes, I’m evil <GRIN>):
Last autumn, Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison of Dinner at Eight Artists invited me to submit a quilt for consideration in a juried invitational show called “Beneath the Surface.” (Note: a list of accepted artists is on their blogpost dated March 22…what fine company!) That means you make a quilt to theme and size (36 wide by 48 tall), and it still might not get in. My first thought was…I have too much on my plate. Then I realized the due-date (which always gets me in gear) was early enough in the year that I might actually have time to do it!
My first thoughts were underground waterways, roots, rocks, critters that burrow. Then, thanks to the influence of my friend Kathy who loves the sea, I thought about under the sea. But then I thought, no, everyone will do that…. I want to do a portrait! Then I realized, it could fit the theme: What is under the surface of a teenage American male?
I took about 65 photos one evening of my older son playing guitar, which is such an elemental part of who he is. I selected two: one for the overall body position, another for the face (angle of head, mouth closed, eyes looking down). I ended up using a third picture because the proportions of the first two didn’t give me enough of the room for the measurements of the quilt. Luckily, I finished on time and got in!!!
I’ll share the construction process (I’m always fascinated by how a quilt comes to life, but decided I’d show the results here, THEN show the process because, well, I’m impatient and want to share!) in future blogposts. So, here it is!
I think this may be one of the best quilts I’ve ever done; best of all, Joshua likes it too. I was worried about the funky batik I used for the guitar neck, but when he saw it he said “If I could find a guitar like that in real life I’d BUY IT!” How cool is that?
My original statement for the quilt was (big surprise) a bit too long, so I’ll repeat all of it here:
What is beneath the surface of a 16 year-old male? Some things are obvious: music, food, girls, friends, food, school, guitar, food, video games, movies, girls, friends, food. Others are not so obvious. There is the man he is becoming: kind, compassionate, interesting, funny, breathing music in his soul, argumentative, loyal, passionate, tolerant, stubborn, smart, gregarious, curious, honest, loving and loved. “Mom? Can you fix me something to eat?”
Thanks to Moore’s Sewing Center (in southern California and online) and Brother International, who are sponsoring the exhibit at the IQA show in Long Beach, California; we are hoping the exhibit will continue on to the big IQA show in Houston in Fall 2010. Thanks also from me to Iris Karp of MistyFuse for her generous support. This entire quilt top was made with fused applique…MistyFuse ROCKS!
So far I know these artists have blogged about their quilts in the exhibit:
Those of you who can, I hope you can take pics at Long Beach! Enjoy, and again thanks to Jamie, Leslie and our sponsors!