|Pam Geisel, "Sometimes I dream of Flying" 41" x 38". $600|
Pam is very precise in her work, and often includes traditional piece work in it. This is one of the pieces that Pam did for Project Quilting's "What's in a Name." She did this as if she were a hawk flying over the patchwork fields we see here in this neck of the woods. She put the traditional block "Birds in the Air" around it....although I often wondered why she didn't choose "Hovering Hawks," but that's quibbling. I love how she showed the shadow of the hawk passing over the fields. She described the process in making this piece in detail on her blog. To see other pieces of Pam's work, take a look at the gallery in her webpage. I think you'll particularly get a kick out of "Inside of a Dog."
Entitled "In a Secret Garden," I don't think I can do any better than include Suzanne's artist statement, so here it is:
"This quilt seeks to invite the viewer into a sacred space via constructed layers and boundaries creating a "secret garden" for protection and mediation, a contemplative space to reflect upon that of God within each of us. My intention is to celebrate and
protect the tiny yet fiercely alive creatures with which we share this good earth.
Why sewing? For me it is the perfect medium, a blend of creating and constructing. I've always loved working by hand with fabrics, with all the colors and textures--so tangible and substantive. A kind of magic happens mixing raw materials and focused energy, creating something which has never existed before--ideas now occupying space--it is unlike no other experience."
|Ann Diller, "Tropical Persuasion, 18.25" x 23.5". $450 (now sold)|
Ann also had an eloquent description of her work:
"One only has to look at the eye of a bromeliad to see an exotic rosette designed to trap water and insects in its central vase. My original photograph was used to capture this plant's marvelous design just as it would look to an insect hovering above its bulls-eye. I chose batik and hand-dyed fabrics to replicate the vibrant colors of the plant and attached them with fusible applique and thread painting. The central reproductive parts are hand beaded using Czech glass beads, floral wire and silk ribbon."
The center was amazing and I really have to hand it to her for hitting on this method to represent it. Here you can see, at this very odd oblique angle, how the beads stand up above the fabric, just as they would in the heart of the bromeliad.