I took a short break from the studio over the Christmas holidays, but as soon as we rolled into 2017, I was right back at my Hot Cross series with Iron Cross.
For Iron Cross, I wanted layers. Not just the traditional top, batting, back layers. I wanted more. I wanted depth. So I created mini quilts to stack on mini quilts to stack on the primary cross, using felt for batting. Each of the minis was stitched to the next largest after quilting until the full piece was completed.
This piece rounds out the Hot Cross series and is meant to represent inclusion through use of all the colors in the spectrum.
To see all of the pieces in the series, please go to my Gallery page. The first four in the series were a standard 18″ h x 12″ w. The second four were completed in the cross shape with full pillowcase facings to finish and run a bit larger in size.
I really enjoyed working with shapes; I intend to fully incorporate “non-traditional” shapes into my art practice, which could be interesting as some things won’t lend themselves to a non-rectangular or non-square shape. However, I always have to rebel against something, so I’ll rebel against “square”. 🙂
Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome. Please share your thoughts!
Iron Cross (link to poem)
In other exciting news, a co-worker made his bi-annual trip home to India to visit family and he brought back a TON of fabric for me. Silks and cottons, prints and solids. It’s a glorious stash of art making material. I’ll share photos in a future blog post.
In other even more exciting news, I’m getting a dedicated studio! I’ve been using our dining room table, with supplies stored in the basement and both boys’ bedrooms. In essence, the whole house has been my studio but we’re finally consolidating. I can’t wait!! Once I’m all set up, I’ll post about that too.
Next up: Airport Layout – Houston Hobby