Congratulations to Rebekah Dundon, Favorite Art Quilt winner in the Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012, for "Looking Out." (Click linked "Looking Out to see her winning quilt.) Great job, Rebekah!
|"Bracelet of Kingdom," a Hippo Mom Under Water, 2010, 29.5" by 20.5"|
er's Quilt Festival. I completed this quilt in 2010, and it measures 29.5" by 20.5" -- and it's ac
The photo (below), that inspired this quilt (above), was one of a series I took at the San Diego Zoo's "Hippo Encounter," using a simple Point and Shoot camera, back when this Mama had a little baby.
|"Bracelet of Kingdom," the photo I took at the San Diego Zoo's Hippo Encounter.|
|Inspiring the quilt's title: Bracelet of Kingdom, from an African fabric.|
Bracelet of KingdomWhat a strange title, you might say: "Bracelet of Kingdom." Well, this fabric showed up in my African fabric stash, with golden images of bracelets and the legend, in neon orange, "Bracelet of Kingdom." I thought of how all our lives, human and animal, are connected, as if in a round circle, like a bracelet. You see, the hippo kills more human beings each year than any other species on Earth (except other humans, sadly). I got a spark from that: maybe to sew the quilt's backing with the Bracelet of Kingdom fabric would send out a tiny prayer to the Earth and anyone else who is listening: Let's respect each other and all species: and make space for all species. It's our human encroachment that causes this fatal tension between hippos and humans. I know, that with kindness and just putting our heads together, we can find a way to make room for all.
Tina in San Diego
PS: Techniques include fabric collage, thread painting, and machine and hand quilting.. I started this quilt in a workshop with Susan Carlson at Asilomar in 2010. I designed, machine appliqued, and quilted it. I'd guess my best categories for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Fall 2012, would be Art Quilt, Machine Applique, and Animals.