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Quilting Arts Magazine

Yesterday was the big day when the October-November Quilting Arts Magazine arrived in the mail.  This month’s issue features Rituals, a special art quilt invitational exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  This is their fourth annual exhibit, and I’ve been fortunate to have been selected to be in each one to date.

But the most exciting year to date is this one, because my quilt got a full page spread (page 43)!  Based on the theme of rituals,I was inspired by a quote from Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Ph.D., who compared rituals to a set of “cosmic gears.”  I used a photo taken by my friend and travel companion, Paula Chung, when we visited the Eiffel Tower in 2011, of the gears that lift the Tower elevator.  I Photoshopped the photo, drawing out the hidden colors, and turned the photo on its side.  Then I had it professionally printed on cotton sateen as a wholecloth, which I then machine quilted.

If you are interested in a catalog of Rituals, here is a link to Blurb, where you can purchase a copy:

Jamie and Leslie do a wonderful job of curating and exhibiting their annual shows in addition to their teaching schedules and time spent making their own beautiful artwork.  Many thanks to them for a job well done every year!



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Cosmic Gears accepted into Rituals Exhibit

Exciting news this week!  My art quilt, Cosmic Gears, was accepted into the annual juried invitational exhibit put on by Dinner at Eight Artists Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  This is their fourth year organizing this exhibit, and I have been fortunate to be in each one so far.

I was originally going to do an abstract of the Air Force Academy graduation “hat toss,” but the mockup was boring.  So I went through my travel photos and searched online to find the exact meaning of a “ritual.”  When I discovered Robbie Davis-Floyd’s quote, “To perform a series of rituals is to feel oneself locking onto a set of ‘cosmic gears’ that will safely crank the individual through danger to safety,” I remembered a photo in my collection of the Eiffel Tower elevator gears.

The resulting piece is a wholecloth print of that photo, turned on its side, color adjusted in Photoshop, and run through a filter.  It was quilted with monofilament thread to emphasize the ink and watercolor look I was going for.

The exhibit is scheduled to debut at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival this summer, then travel to the IQF in Houston in the fall.  The 40 artists included are most grateful to the sponsors of this exhibit, Moore’s Sewing Centers and Havel’s Sewing and to Dinner at Eight Artists for giving us the opportunity to share our work with thousands of viewers.

Cosmic Gears

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