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Friday, September 13, 2013

Aullwood 2013: Bits and Pieces, the work of Barbara Bruser and Pam Geisel

Barbara Bruser, "Mandala " 26" x 26"

I'm back from Montana and a little worse for the wear.  I am finishing up the pieces which were exhibited at the Aullwood Nature Center's 2013 art Quilt show.  Tonight, you will get to see the work of two fellow Ohioans, Barbara Bruser and Pam Geisel.

Barbara's work entitled "Mandala" is  personal. A mandala is a spiritual symbol used in Hinduism and Budhism.  One of the purposes of a mandala is to set out spiritual space, another is to represent the universe, and to aid in meditation.

Barbara has been studying to obtain her masters in Socialwork.  In doing so, she studied Erikson's Psychological stages of life which describe elements from infancy to old age.  Barbara tells us  "I envisoned this as a mandala,expanding concentric circles for each stag,  all striving for the unity of one's total self."   Barbara used

fabric and beaded embellishment to illustrate her personal travel.  She intends to add to it as time goes on.
"Bruser, "Mandala"  detail

Pam Geisel, "Seasons" NFS.

You've seen Pam Geisel's work here before.  Pam is a fellow member of the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network here in Ohio.  Pam  arranges little piecers of fabric together ona background cloth and  puts netting  over it and stitches it down.  Pam let borrow her photo  as these pieces are framed in 5" x 7" frames and the pieces themselves only measure 2.5" x 2.5"  Given the lighting at Aullwood, my photographs were less than to be desired.

Although this shot leaves a lot to be desired for many reasons, I think you can get the idea.  Each of the little mosaics shows a tree in each different season.You can see more of Pam's work on her website:

Once again, I am participating in Nina-Marie's Off-the-wall Fabric Fridays. For more art quilts make sure to go to her website.

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