Hello and welcome! Today is my turn to be featured on the Quilting Arts TV blog hop. The theme of Series 1400 is all about finding creativity and inspiration, so I have been posting each day with images and prompts about my personal inspirations. Today’s inspiration is The Garden.
My earliest memory is of helping to plant a vegetable garden, poking pea seeds into the ground.
Gardening has been a lifelong priority, both for the food and flowers, and for the sheer delight and satisfaction of watching things grow. So it’s only natural that my garden has been a recurring theme in my art quilts.
I use a variety of surface design methods to put imagery onto fabric, including cyanotype;
and digital prints:
While I’m outside, digging and pruning and weeding, I keep a sharp eye out for the native wildlife that visits my garden from time to time, which led to the creation of my Flora and Fauna series.
I collect animal skulls, photograph them, make cyanotype prints of the images, and incorporate them with vintage textiles and heliographic prints.
They are quite cheerful works for the most part, celebrating the lives of the creatures that share my environment.
Part of my artistic practice involves taking (almost) daily pictures of my environment and posting them to social media. Most are taken using my iPhone with a clip on macro lens. I love the different perspective that is revealed in the macro world.
You can find my photos on Flickr, my Twitter account, and Facebook.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of my work, and will check back often to see what I am creating.
As always, thanks for reading and commenting, and be sure to hop over to the other featured blog for today, Rebekah Meier (rebekahmeier.com). You can see my episodes and the work of all the talented artists by purchasing the Quilting Arts TV DVD
Read more about the series, and the PBS schedule, at the Quilting Arts TV Website
I shared the experience of filming my episodes for Quilting Arts TV on my blog back in March—see it here. There are links to previews of my episodes here. And I’ve added a QATV tab on the blog header to make it easy to read back through all the QATV related blogs. Enjoy!
Tomorrow’s featured bloggers: Lyric Kinard (lyrickinard.com/blog) / Margie Ullery (ribboncandyquilts.blogspot.com)
Up next: The River