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.