The festival is well and truly over, so now you get to see it here.
I began this quilt in a class with Rosalie Dace. The class was about colour and titled "Earth, Wind, Fire." I was thinking about Earth. I wanted to convey cliffs and mountains, big, looming, threatening peaks. Other class participants saw monuments and cathedrals. And I liked that people interpreted it a little different from me.
I added a base of hills or waves - you can take your pick as I wanted to continue that ambiguous feeling. And then I tried to crop it to make it fit within a size specification for a particular exhibition I had in mind. But it didn't work, so I pulled back the borders again.
The perspective appeared better with more space around it. And then I added the moon and the birds. They also help with the perspective and I think they add to the cold, lonely, forbidding feeling.
There was lots of quilting. Mostly free motion and I loved how it made the waves/ hills move.
And some blocking and trimming.
A slightly closer view.
I'm particularly proud of this piece because I was really wanting to convey a particular feeling with it. It's not particularly beautiful, but it is eye-catching and has a definite feeling to it. Everybody who has seen it in person has made comments that make me think they 'got' it. And that is what I deem success.
Size: 60.5cm x 100.5cm or 23 3/4in x 39 1/2in
Materials: Hand dyed fabrics: cotton, silk, silk organza, linen; fabric paint, discharge paste
Techniques: Machine piecing, applique and embroidery; stencilling; free motion quilting