While at the International Quilt Festival in Houston I am looking forward to seeing the exhibit Reflections, Dinner@8′s 2014 exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison. I am thrilled that my piece In Still Water is part of the exhibit. My inspiration was a photo I took while visiting Santa Barbara of a Great Blue Heron wading in a pond.
I digitally manipulated the photo with an app on my iPad so that it resembled a wood cut; I then printed it on whole cloth, adding Asian fabric letters to set the tone. The piece is heavily stitched with both machine and hand stitching with silk threads.
The stillness of the Great Blue Heron mirrored in the still water helped quiet my mind from the noise of the day around me. I found myself lost in thought, reflecting “what is and what could be” as I spent hours methodically hand stitching my image. What a pleasure it was to create this piece!
Jamie and Leslie have just published a new book called: Women Who Come to the Table: Selected Art from Dinner@8 Artists, featuring selected artists from the past 6 years of exhibits they have curated. I am thrilled that I have been part of their exhibits for the past 5 years. I look forward to joining them in Houston for a real live dinner at 8 with other artists from the exhibit (Yes that is how they named themselves!) It is available through Amazon.