Monday, June 11, 2012
Dayton Landmark Art Quilts: Mendelson's
I felt that the shot offered lots of interesting tidbits for people to try.....but of course, I lusted after the water tower.
Chris Landis got the first slice. I loved how she handled this. Chris is a consummate quilter and has a machine quilting business, Feather Creek Quilting. For her segment, she took the sky and interwove pieces.
Carroll Schleppi drew the next segment and had some really lovely graphic elements to play with. Carroll chose a batik with an overprint of a metallic...sort of lightening bolt fabric. It is fairly subtle until you see it up close.
Here's the front. I love how she made the smoke rising out of the stack, even though in the original photo it wasn't present. That graphic smoke broke up the sky and gave it a lot more interest. I love the shading and the lines made by the stacks and the windows.
The lucky bum who landed the water tower was Sue DeSantis. Her tower is extremely faithful to the original photograph. I love the contrast of the back ground of the sky to all the other artist's skys....and I especially like how it references traditional quilting. Like Chris, Sue also does custom quilting on her long arm and like Chris' work, her quilting is to die for! We are so lucky to have so many talented people in our group.
I apologize that this is taking me longer, but I have been having a very tough time with this round of chemo and find that I am often just too tired to sit down and right...in some cases, I've sat struggling with the photos and my stupid very old computer trying to get the posts up, but fail when my eyes are just too weary! The quilts will continue at the Schuster Center through June 24th. I can't wait until we can actually put them up WITH the photographs which inspired them. So far, you are the first people seeing them together, so you should feel very special indeed.