My Amanita muscaria has been accepted into Art Quilts XIII: Lucky Break, which runs Nov. 7 - Dec. 31 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, AZ. This is the first time I've entered this show, and I'm thrilled to be accepted, and to be in such good company. The gallery space looks fantastic, the kind of setting that can really showcase the work.
The center image in this work is from a digital photo taken while hiking in my beloved River Hills in southern Lancaster County. It's a gorgeous example of a maturing specimen of Amanita muscaria, or fly agaric, a very deadly mushroom. I got all excited when we found it growing along a trail, and couldn't wait to use the image in a quilt.
There's a piece of commercial printed fabric just to the right of the image, which mimics the leaf litter the fungus was growing in, and a small piece of a handwoven Indian plaid in the upper right. All the other fabrics I handpainted with Setacolor transparent paints. There's some couched yarn, and hand beading with seed and bugle beads.
I think I was successful in capturing the atmosphere of the woods where I found it growing, and the vibrancy of the colors and patterns of the mushroom. Here's a detail:
You can see other quilts I've made using fungus imagery at my website.