Wave Equations is the first of my new quilts to be on exhibit. Interpretations, a new juried exhibit, opens Friday in San Diego’s Visions Art Museum, a long time champion and showcase for contemporary art quilts and textiles. I am very pleased to be included among some of today’s best quilt artists. I am very proud of this quilt and feel it is one of my best yet.
Here are some detail shots:
The construction of this quilt uses long curved strips cut from the original digitally enhanced photo of water ripples, like some previous quilts, but this time arranged on the diagonal in undulating waves.
Here are some additional photos illustrating the construction beginnings of a sister quilt called Half Moon Bay, still in a jurying process.
I started by laying the cut strips, with the paper backing from the fusing still on, on the cutting mat to see what angle I wanted to start with. Then a few at a time I fused them down each layer overlapping the previous layer. There was much walking back and forth from the pinwall to the fusing table with strips carefully pinned. I really needed to see them in their vertical orientation and from an appropriate viewing distance.
The designs are developed and finalized as I go along, although they are based on some design collages I have made. These paper collages give me the courage to print, cut, and start in on a large quilt.
I am really excited about how these natural stripes from photos of water can be altered, colored, enlarged, and used in many different ways. The are so shibori like and still convey the ‘wateriness’ of their origin.