Without a doubt, my absolute favorite entry in this years Aullwood Audubon (Nature) Center's show is Merry Haven's Color Spectrum. Composed of 6 panels, Merry takes us through the color spectrum from Red to violet. Merry completed this in 2009 and it measures 50" high and 60" across.
The piece is absolutely sumptuous. I admit, I'm a real sucker for rich and bright colors, but that's just one element of this piece. Merry primarily machine pieced it, but then layered other elements in with applique, beading, specialty stitching and threads, and items re-purposed as decorative elements in the work. Each piece is it's own size and shape, but they work well together.
Design wise, you go from section to section, your eye moves around it and you are brought into the piece. Notice how the dark color from one goes into the next panel, unifying it.
Merry's technique was good as well, and her embellishment made sense...not just embellishment for embellishment's sake, but choosing items which not only looked good, but looked like they belonged there, not contrived.
The pieces have great depth and texture. You really can't stop looking at it. I actually couldn't stop taking pictures of it, but blogger only allows me so much.
Merry was all inclusive in the materials she used...cottons, silks, rayons, whatever did the job, she included.