I'm so excited to share that my quilt entitled 'Ms. Stella O'Houligan was accepted into the Dinner @ Eight Artists Special Exhibit 'Affinity'. The exhibit will debut this fall at the International Quilt Market and Festival
The size is 40" x 40" The moon is a piece of tulle that has holographic flecks on it. I hand quilted it down and used embroider floss, sashiko thread and metallic thread using cross stitches and French knots. I also added sequins, mother of pearl beads and holographic sequin rings. (see the detail shot below with near the hair)
I very nearly thought I wouldn't get this piece done.
As most of you know, I helped 19 year old cat Ms. Stella O'Houligan on her journey April 10th. For her eulogy see here:
and then my mom passed away suddenly on April 24th.
I ended up having to move mom's three room apt into my garage for the time being and much that didn't fit got stuffed into the studio and house. I don't work well under such cluttered and transient conditions.
But in the end I was able hack some Zen space in my mind and complete this very personal and emotional idea for a quilt. This design type is waaaay out of my comfort zone but the image came clearly and instantly into my mind one evening. I was sitting outside where we had Ms. Stella on her blanket when the vet came to the house to administer the shots. I had started keeping this little ritual since then at the same time each evening toasting my beautiful girl. At that point I hadn't decided on a design.
I'm so happy that it worked. A friend said it's called 'Magical Realism' and was a favorite style of Chagall. After I had finished my piece I looked him up. Very cool indeed.