I sent off my quilt, Marsh Morning Mists, to the Carnegie Center for the Arts for the annual Form Not Function Exhibition of art quilts opening in May. I am fond of the various transparent layers of imagery in this quilt. The heron images came from a photo I took at the Bodega Headlands in California in the winter of 2011. It was a very foggy day and the bird’s image was not very clear. I cropped it, selected out part of the bird, transformed it into a charcoal sketch, and incorporated different sizes and transparencies into the background wetlands ‘paintings’.
Something like this:
became this (with birds added after stretching):
There is lots of free motion stitchery, programed machine stitches, and even some digitized wavy lines in this quilt. A detail shot shows some of this.