|"Bracelet of Kingdom," 2010, 29.5" by 20.5"|
My inspiration photo (below) is 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.
|The inspiration photo, taken at the San Diego Zoo's Hippo Encounter, a favorite exhibit of mine.|
|Inspiring the quilt's title, Bracelet of Kingdom: 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 one another and other 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.
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, using commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, including faux leather, metallics, lace and "shinies." I guess my best categories for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Fall 2012, would be Art Quilt, Machine Applique, and Animals.