Yesterday I sat in silent meditation with the quilt pictured in the post below and together we decided that the size cannot change. To address the puckering concern, round donut-shaped stones in a variety of sizes will be added on. The solution felt BRILLIANT! The stones echo the motif of life being circular as well as a line from the poem. I applied the evaluation techniques I learned in the Benn/Morgan Workshop. I saw that the cloth was not as complex in layers as I previously viewed it and wanted more, so the additional embellishments will help some with this. One of the comments that Claire Benn had made was that American surface designers tend to lean toward less layering than their European counterparts when making complex cloth. (Not a judgement but an observation) I want this series to be vibrant or intense AND sophisticated in appearance. I spent about 3 hours yesterday evaluating this quilt...not continuously...I would write my observations and thoughts down between staring at the quilt. I took brief breaks to start on another work in progress that I've named my Prayers series...the fabric is one dyed by Helene Davis that I picked up at AQS-Paducah years ago...I stamped it with a symbol for Sankofa and quilted it a long while ago. I started the beadwork yesterday:
The inspiration for Prayers came from the beaded prayers project by Sonya Clark. In my last year of employment I came across her work and contacted her about doing a workshop with with the clients that utilized services where I worked. We coudn't afford her fees and the interest in fundraising specifically for this project was not present in the Development staff. I was deflated by it because I soooo believe in the art and health connection. I have one completed in this series (story of my life) called The Faith of the Mother. I've shown pieces of it on the blog but not the completed quilt...will try to get it photographed soon.
Let the blessings rain on us all! Peace,