This is the first in a series of small
embroidered quilts in which a female figure, cut from
hand painted fabric is used as part of a dreamlike landscape.
These pieces are part of a larger series of small works
in which my process is very much like doodling with fabric,
i.e. the design was developed spontaneously, working directly
ona dye painted background with bits of fabric and thread.
Each part of the design grew out of the last, just as
a doodle grows to fill a page, when the mind is engaged
elsewhere. In this composition, fire represents passion
and creative energy. The forest represents the unconscious,
where I look for inspiration.
The background fabric was hand painted with fiber reactive
dye. Small scraps of hand dyed fabric left over from other
projects were laid on the background and then stitched
eith various colors of thread. The figure and trees were
appliqued on tip in layers, and the remainder of the design
was developed by "drawing" freehand with my
sewing machine and various colors of thread to create
an organic composition this is more a landscape of the
imagination than a real forest scene. My uncharacteristic
use of metalic thread was inspired by an ice storm that
coincided with the creation of this piece.
- Old Forge Arts Center, 1994, Old Forge, NY (HonorableMention)
- 22nd Anniversary National, Juried Exhibit - Wisconsin
Women in the Arts, 1995 Anderson Arts Center, Kenosha,
- Illinois Agri-News, Friday, June 16, 1995, B-1,2 Feature