||Death Taxes and Dandelions
by Caryl Bryer Fallert
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- Copyright © 2000 Caryl Bryer Fallert
- Size: 30" x 48"
- Techniques: Hand dyed ink jet printed, machine pieced, and
- Materials: 100% cotton fabric batting: 80% cotton /
- Price: $3500.00
This quilt was made especially for the exhibition Oxymorons: Absurdly
Logical Quilts! For more information or to book this
exhibition for your area, contact Judi H. Bastion email@example.com.
A color catalog of this exhibition was available in 2001 from
the American Quilters Society or The National Quilt Museum.
When I was asked to be in this exhibit, I chose the oxymoron "Certain
Possibilities" thinking it would be fun to present a single
image in many different ways. When I started working on the design,
however, I wondered why I had ever chosen this oxymoron, because
I couldn't think of an appropriate image. Finally an old axiom came
to mind: The only thing certain is death and taxes. Usually heard
with the grammatically unmatched verb and noun.
I began working on this theme, and found it a bit dark and depressing,
so I worked on other projects for a while. The project I enjoyed
most during my procrastination was a completely frivolous quilt
in which I scanned dandelions and printed them onto cloth, making
them permanent and washable with a product called Bubble
Jet Set. After making this silly little traditional quilt,
it occurred to me that dandelions must be at least as ubiquitous
as taxes, so I decided to include them in my oxymoron quilt.
The general outline for the patchwork was designed
in Corel Draw!, my vector drawing program. It is basically a grid of rectangles,
some of which were distorted around the edge to create the illusion of
three-dimensional space. The skeleton was superimposed over the grid.
I placed a prime dandelion blossom face down on my flat bed scanner,
covered by a pile of dandelion leaves, and scanned at the highest possible
resolution. The lid of scanner was propped open, to avoid squashing them.
I opened the image of the dandelion in a program called PhotoImpact, which
has endless ways of electronically altering images. I spent the better
part of three days playing with all the things that could be done with
this single image.
Each variation of the dandelion was used to fill the shape of one of
the templates in the design, and printed onto cotton fabric, which had
been treated with Bubble Jet Set. I
finally ended up with 38 different variations.
The three blocks at the bottom of the quilt were printed
first with altered tax forms and then printed a second time with a pastel
version of the dandelion. The tax forms include a popular joke about income
tax. "How much did you earn last year? Send it in"
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In the upper left corner is a single small square in which George Washington,
from the one-dollar bill, peeks through the fluff of a dandelion gone
Lettering in the left hand border repeats the old axiom, grammatical errors
and all: "The only thing certain is death, taxes, dandelions." The
lettering is filled with images from a one-dollar bill. The top border reads
"Certain Possibilities", and the letters are filled with a stretched
version of the dandelion image.
After all the dandelion squares were assembled, I cut the skeleton from a hand
painted fabric, and appliqued it to the pieced background. In its right hand,
the skeleton is holding a three dimensional dollar bill, with three bites taken
out of it. In it's left hand, it is holding a three dimensional dandelion.
Since I had room for only 23 of my dandelion images on the front of the quilt,
the other fifteen were used on the back. The skeleton was quilted in black thread,
and after outlining the letters, the remainder of the quilt was meander quilted
with invisible thread.
- Oxymorons: Absurdly Logical Quilts!
- Museum of the American Quilters Society (MAQS)
Paducah, KY August 18,2001-January 12, 2002
- New England Quilt
Museum, Lowell, MA, January 25- March 16, 2002
- Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum,
Golden CO, April 2-June 1, 2002
- Carnegie Hall Museum,
Lewisburg, WV, June 15- August 30, 2002
- Muskegon Museum of
Art, Muskegon, MI, October 14-November 25, 2002
- Rock County Historical Society, 10 South High Street, PO Box 896,
Janesville, WI 53545 April 4- June 14, 2003
- Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, MO, November 10- December 12, 2003
Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, KS, January 9,-February 21, 2004
- "Evolving Styles - 20 Years of Color & Design", Solo
Exhibition: LaConner Quilt Museum, LaConner WA, March 16 - May 15,
- Silver Star Salute: Caryl Bryer Fallert (Retrospective Solo Exhibition)
International Quilt Market/Festival 2006, Houston, TX
- Bryerpatch Studio Gallery, Paducah, KY, 2006-2014
- Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, (retrospective exhibition of my work) Cedarburg, WI, January 14-April 12, 2015
- Caryl Bryer Fallert: A Retrospective, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA, August 20 - October 31, 2015
- Cutting Edge: Art Quilts in Washington" • Contemporary Quilt Art Assn. Group Exhibit, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington, April 16 through August 21, 2016
- Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry: 40 Years of Color, Light, & Motion, Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX • March 30 - June 25, 2017
- Photos Pixels & Pizzazz, (solo exhibition) Lattimer Center for Quilts and Textiles, Tillamook, OR, May 3-June 27, 2021
- OXYMORONS: Absurdly Logical Quilts, 2001: AQS, Dianne S. Hire, p. 13
- Quilt Savvy: Fallert's Guide to Images on Fabric, AQS 2004, pp. 108-109
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