Title: Fissures, Fossils and Fragments
Dimensions: 25cm X 25cm
Description: I have a broad academic and practical experience in the visual arts. In my ‘previous lives’ I have been art teacher, librarian, interior designer, perpetual student, wife and mother, all of which I have pursued with great enthusiasm. In the early days I was a self-taught contemporary artist, relying on books, magazines, and experimentation in evolving the quilting process. Since the first quilt show I attended in 1994, I have tried to attend every class available given by the more avant-garde quilters and have benefited greatly from these experiences.
My work is illustrative and I have always had an interest in fossils. This piece is part of a series called, ‘Stars on the Rocks,’ and is about my fascination for prehistoric life. Fossils in Renaissance times were thought to be ornaments strewn over the earth by some magical force. It was only in the 1800’s that it was understood that fossils were the remains of living organisms.
On a recent trip to the Smithsonian I was inspired to create a quilt depicting this, with imagery of a bedding plane of shelly limestone.
Materials: Machine embroidery, fabric collage and scribble stitch
Exhibition: Major Minors I