Force of Nature
|"The Butterfly Nebula"
34" x 39"
by Robin Hart
This is the 6th in Robin's deep space series of art quilts inspired by Hubble images. She chose the Butterfly Nebula because of its beauty and dynamic energy. This celestial object looks like a delicate butterfly, but it is far from serene. What resembles dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. A dying star is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. The thread pattern in the black space area mimics the effects of gravity on matter and the bending of light. The quilt was painted in Photoshop with the stars designed in Illustrator and merged with the painting. It is a whole cloth design printed on cotton at Real Graphic and then heavily thread-painted and free motion quilted for texture and design, accentuating the patterns in the nebula.
25" x 36"
by Jan Petre
Jan saw this challenge as three-fold - to use fabrics from her stash, to convey the feeling of a 3D wave, and, wherever possible, to use only overlapping convex and concave shapes to form the points, a technique she learned in a class with David Taylor. Her design, a freehand drawing, captures the natural surging force of the sea. She used primarily batik fabrics, 80/20 cotton/poly batting quilt, 40 wt rayon and metallic threads, and embellished the quilt with organza-type slivers to catch the light. The wave itself was created using cheesecloth and gauze. Jan took a piece of cheesecloth, dipped it in a glue and water solution (approximately 1:1), laid it out in the shape she wanted and let it dry. She found that getting the solution right was a bit of a challenge -- too much glue and the cheesecloth was stiff; too much water and it was limp.
|But challenge quilts were not the entire show this month, we also had Show and Tell with members bringing in items of interest. Here, Ann Sanderson shares a quilt she made for a SAQA display of 12x12" quilts. This quilt began with a piece of Ghanaian fabric purchased from Ananse Village. Ann stitched the quilt with hand-dyed embroidery threads and added the circles to create motion in the finished piece.
|Lynda Lasich bought a 'failed canvas' at an antique fair and turned it into this unique bag.
|Julie Berry brought in several pieces of cloth she had hand-dyed using indigo. In this piece, she experimented to see if indigo dying would work with Procion dyes and found that it did.