Monday, March 16, 2009

Wabi~Sabi

Just a quick post and a purging art quilt so my 'Art Quilter' card won't get revoked.

One of the quilt art groups that I belong to "Quilts on the Wall Fiber Artists" presented a challenge entitled 'Beauty in Imperfection'. This was my entry. Wabi~Sabi is the Japanese philosophy that 'Nothing is perfect, Nothing is finished & Nothing lasts" It's just returned home from it's journey that began back in 2007.



I painted the planets on muslin. then cut them out & appliqued them onto the velvet. The stars & detritus are made of Swarovsky crystals; seed beads & various other 'bead soup' as it were. I simply 'cast' them onto the velvet to see what would happen & really liked it so I painstakingly tacked them in place without moving the piece off my table and then attached them firmly with Silamide (double strand of course). The 'orbital lines' were done again just using holographic silver thread. I was amazed at how a couple added lines simply set the entire piece in motion.

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You'll notice that Venus is the planet closest to you; she is full of pock marks and striations from all the abuse she endures. She is the ONLY planet that runs counter clockwise. Some other quick facts: Venus is the second planet from the Sun and the sixth largest; Venus has the most nearly circular orbit of any planet. Venus' surface is actually hotter than Mercury's despite being nearly twice as far from the Sun. Venus has no magnetic field.

And in case I forget; this piece is for sale. Piece is 33"H x 18 1/2" W.