This piece, "Primary Waves", was made specifically for the "Thread and Mud" juried exhibit at Artists of Rubber City The Box Gallery. My husband challenged me to create a small quilt to compliment ceramic ware made by Zeber- Martell, but in my brand. I upped the challenge by only using supplies on hand.
Those with keen eyes will recognize the fabrics from my previous work. The golds are leftovers from Super Sugar Honeycomb. Bulk of the reds surplus from Will's Quilt. Tidal blues washed ashore from Storm at Sea. Binding is Akron: Goodyear, because I hate scraps. Mottled yellow leaf backing is from....oh, so many projects!
Back to basics, the entire piece is hand quilted in big, fat #5 perle cotton. Batting is Fusi-Boo from Malka Sparkles.
While the piece was accepted into the show, ultimately the show was not juried. No prizes.
But, what I found interesting, is that while the work is not especially challenging or ground breaking, it is compelling and draws the viewer closer to really look at the prints and engage with the hand stitching.
How do I know this?
Because I watch the gallery patrons and how they interact with the art. Not like Big Brother. That's weird. Rather, I enjoy observing behaviors, postures, and listening to comments. They lean in for a closer look. Linger in front of the quilt. Point and discuss. I always learn something new about my work. And that of others.
I know my quilts do not readily fit into easy categories. Not entirely Art Quilt. Not always explicitly functional. Modern? Traditional? Creates unwelcome challenges and barriers for quilt shows. Yet, the work is embraced by Artists and Patrons.
"Primary Waves" is the prefect capstone to 2015. It is self- drafted. Contains elements of previous work. Trademark chunky big stitch perle cotton hand quilting. Bold and energetic.
It is my voice.
And that is The Prize.