Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Latest Art Quilt - Center

I  have heard that art quilts have a mind of their own and can take over their destiny at some point. This is certainly true of my latest piece, Center.

The peacock feather came from a fan I received a few years ago as a gift in India. The background is a hand-knit square I made  and wanted to experiment with.  I used some soluble stabilizer to create the inner border (I will post detail on that on Friday.).

At that point I considered submitting the piece for a SAQA exhibit but there was size constraint of an 8 inch square. Center did not want to be an 8 inche square. I put it in a drawer for a bit but it kept calling out for more. Hence, the blue border.

And so, Center became my piece for the 3 Creative Studios Quilt Challenge 2010. The word for the July/August challenge was reflection. Center is reflective for me. In the art of aikido that I practice, we speak of having 'one point', a mind/body state of calmness and relaxation. Reflection and meditation contribute to our development of one point. The 'eye' of the peacock feather reminds me of one point.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Judy, thank you for the comment on my blog! I find it creative and interesting to integrate a knitted piece into your quilt art. You may have started something that would be a series for you.