Thursday, April 21, 2011

Remarkable Symposium Queenstown 18 - 22 April 2011

These are images of my choice, hand painted with fibre reactive dyes which I did in a three day class with Hollis Chatelain.   It was such a gift to do a class with Hollis as I've been thinking about going to the States to do a class with her for several years now.  And, to have it held in my favourite place in New Zealand - just magic.  Hollis also teaches drawing - that's now on my list of things to do.  I've come home from Symposium with these two (fat quarter size) pieces to paint with thread as the next step.

You may recognise the hand; its is from the Pieta - the original is a marble sculpture by Michaelangeo Buonarotti created (1498-1499) and it is housed in St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

"Michelangelo carved it when he was 24 years old, and it is the only one he ever signed. The beauty of its lines and expression leaves a lasting impression on everyone."  (Source)  My photo came out quite brown and pink in colour and that's the reason for the choice of colours of dye.  I intend to quilt with threads that will further reduce the colour to give more of an alabaster look.

I think it is a very powerful image.  The next image is also very powerful and others in the class asked me if it was Abraham Lincoln or Sir Edmund Hillary.  That says to me that its an image that everyone finds someone they know to recognise in its dramatic lines.  He looks to me as if he is about to look up and I've been thinking alot about how to quilt this to encourage the viewer to feel that he will indeed look up.  In Hollis's class I learned a technique to audition quilting lines!  Superb stuff and it encourages you to expand your quilting repetoire without needing to make a stitch.

The original is a piece of art by Henry W Dixon a watercolourist from Florida. 

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