Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Thrilled!

I am thrilled to announce that my quilt "Spontaneity and Stability" will be included in the special exhibit, Beneath the Surface, curated by Dinner at Eight Artists (Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison). The show will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach July 22 to 25, 2010.
The exhibit will be sponsored by Moore Sewing Centers and Brother International. How great is that?!

The quilt is inspired by the balance between adventure and routine, growth and stillness, spontaneity and stability. A rock solid foundation encourages soaring and branching out to new experiences. The key to creating a cohesive strata is finding space for both big ideas and little details. To begin exploring these ideas, I used a jar to stamp a grid in the background to represent balance, but it fades in and out and some parts are rather gloppy -- like real life. I added bits of hand stitching reflective of the repetitive but meditative patterns in life.
Images of home and community are at the foundation for nourishing growth. Details and layers of meaning find their way into tiny crevices and, unexpected blossoms thrive in the rocky soil. These are represented by frayed edges, bits of newsprint from the Asian market, sheer layers, positive and negative shapes and stream-of-consciousness handwriting.

Of course, you recognize the detail that I used for my new blog header! Several of my artist friends will also be in the show including fellow Twelves, Terry, Gerrie and Karen, plus Sarah, one of the Frayed Edges. Such great company! I'm honored.

10 comments:

Terry said...

I love it Deborah! How great that we all got in. BTW, Karen from the 12 x 12 group is also in.

Gerrie said...

I love this very Deborah piece. The green with the writing is sending me into ecstasy, wait, the rocks on the purple background are doing it. I think I am going to have to go see this in person.

Karen said...

Very cool Deborah, I think you need to visit this is Long Beach or maybe we can all visit it in Houston.

Connie said...

Congratulations. The piece is great and you do a wonderful job in creating the art and explaining the idea behind it. Inspiring. Yes, it's great company you're keeping but most certainly deserved.

Robin Ferrier said...

Way to go Deborah! I love the complexity of this one. There is lots to look at! You rock!

Tonya Littmann said...

Wonderful! How big is it?
You amaze me with the way you explain the meaning of the elements.

Helen Conway said...

Congratulations! I really like it and wish I was nearer so I could go and see it in situ.

Art said...

Congratulations! Going back and re-doing this piece was definitely worth the effort. I would never have imagined that you changed it so much from your first version. This one IS much more effective.

Big hugs!! (from Kristin, using her hubby's laptop)

Carole said...

Congratulations... this is a very beautiful piece. Love the complexity.

kathy york said...

Hi Deborah!
Thanks for the comment on my blog. Your piece is so lovely! I love the composition, especially the rocks, and the little houses!