After a few months of maturation in the QSR (quilt storage room aka spare bedroom), I’ll bring a piece out to see if it’s improved any with Not Being Stared At Gloomily(NBSAG). There was one quilt that I made about 8 years ago, it went off to a few shows and then straight into the cupboard. I’ve always loved that piece but it was a bit of a one-off and no one has ever wanted to buy it.
It was a piece about water and has so many memories and links related to it. A friend and I were in Kerr Grabowski’s deconstructed screen printing class and Kerr challenged us to choose a theme and make as many screens as we could related to that scheme. I chose water.
I had just had a great boat ride from the Northumberland coast (England) out to the Farne Islands– little rock covered islets now reserved for birds. There used to be a light house there and Grace Darling, the daughter of the lighthouse keeper in 1838, was a heroine well known to British children for many years – especially the girls of course! – for rescuing many half drowned souls from sinking ships.
Thinking of all the different movements of the water on the way to the islands I made several screens and printed fabric. I even incorporated a Big Splash (from David Hockney’s famous painting).
While looking for this image I came across a neat YouTube piece that steals both the splash from Hockney and the dog from Wegman!
Crouched over a very hot computer in very sticky
David Hockney is still painting Big by the way. He has returned to Bridlington in
Hmm…. I wonder what a quilt would look like in 50 panels?
I had an email from my friend painter Margaret Scanlan today – she has a show in
And if you have been…thanks for reading.
Oh!! And my favorite? Well that’s it at the top!! And, of course, I do have other offspring I’m quite partial to….