This year I decided I needed to develop my art quilting. And so I have several exhibitions and competitions lined up that I want to enter. The first one is Beneath the Southern Skies, a touring exhibition that is shown in Australia and New Zealand. The closing date is tomorrow, and today I filled in the on-line application and sent off my photos. So pleased!
The design brief was for textile artists to explore the title theme using a prescribed size of 40cm (width) by 100cm (length).
My materials I used were hand-painted silk fabric (heart strings contracted when I cut this, I loved it so much once I had painted it!), cotton fabric, cotton, rayon and metallic thread. I raw edge appliqued the pohutukawa tree to the silk and machine quilted the piece with a tiny bit of hand stitching done in metallic thread.
The name "I don't feel lonely" came about from the feelings I had as I surveyed the scene that inspired the quilt.
If it's accepted for exhibition I'll be excited, but if it's not, I'm still excited! I'm excited that I made an art quilt that I really love. I'm excited that I've taken the first step in developing my art quilting and I'm excited that I can now show it to you.
This is the quilting in the sky as seen from the reverse side - I realise it is difficult to see from the front in some of the photographs. I wanted Ranginui - The Sky Father*, to be subtle, revealed when you stood closer and took a second look.
The hardest parts of this were - knowing when it was done, taking good photographs and writing the blasted artist's statement!
"Beneath the southern sky the pohutukawa tree stands silhouetted. It could be a scene of loneliness but I sense mystery, a waiting, perhaps a presence greater than us. Maybe it’s Papatuanuku – The Earth Mother, and Ranginui – The Sky Father. I wait. And watch. And slowly the dusk unfolds to night. Ranginui and Papatuanuku sleep."
* This website has a nice summary of the Maori creation legend that involved Ranginui and Papatuanuku (it's the third one down).