Travelling on 2016.......
We move forward as a group into our fifth year with the challenges of working our pieces in series at A2 size. The working theme for this year is 'Treasures'; we will be producing four pieces in total over the year.
As an added challenge this year a number of the group have prepared work for a group exhibit at the Taiwan International Show in 2016.
Our main exhibition this year will be in Prague in April where the 'Nature Abstracted ' series will be shown; we hope these pieces will travel across the water for an exhibition in Minneapolis, USA in June.
Sunday, 4 December 2016
The Hopi (Tohono O’odham) people live primarily on three mesas in Northeastern Arizona, about 70 miles from Flagstaff. In Hopi cosmology, the katsinas reside on the Humphreys Peak, approximately 60 miles west of Hopiland. Each year, throughout the period from winter solstice to mid-July, these spirits, in the form of katsinas, come down to the villages to dance and sing, to bring rain for the upcoming harvest, and to give gifts to the children.
The katsinas are known to be the spirits of deities, natural elements or animals, or the deceased ancestors of the Hopi. Prior to each katsina ceremony, the men of the village will spend days studiously making figures in the likeness of the katsinam represented in that particular ceremony. The figures are then passed on to the daughters of the village by the Giver Kachina during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, the figures are hung on the walls of the pueblo and are meant to be studied in order to learn the characteristics of that certain Kachina. Edward Kennard, co-author of Hopi Kachinas, says concerning the purpose of the kachina figure, “Essentially it is a means of education; it is a gift at dance-time; it is a decorative article for the home, but above all it is a constant reminder of the Kachinas."
We are losing the culture and arts of our indigenous peoples at an alarming rate. Their colorful history and customs are cultural treasures to be prized and protected.
The inspiration for the Katsina figures for my quilts came from the modern-day Katsina carvings by Jerome Naquatewa, a half-Hopi, half-Zuni artist living at the Zuni pueblo 150 miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. I believe his carvings capture the friendly, playful essence of the Katsinas.
1. Eagle Dancer: Usually appears in the night ceremony in March; ruler of the sky and messenger to the heavens.
2. Sun Face: Represents the sun’s warmth and the hope for shelter for old people and a bright future for the young.
3. Crow Mother: Mother of all Katsinas; watches over the children as they play.
4. Buffalo Warrior: Appears only when children are initiated into the Katsina cult; assures there will be adequate food in winter; most powefulr of all Katsinas; protects children and can rid bad people of evil thoughts.
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
My mother, who had lived in the house alone for about twenty years, had never, it seems, dumped anything unless it would stink in the long run. Even when things were torn, worn, shattered, broken, etc. she continued to keep them, all nicely washed, wrapped, boxed, categorised and labelled. I had found literally everything that I remember from my childhood and young adult years, including plenty of things from my grandparents from her side.
These treasures inspired my four pieces in 2016: Worn Shoes, Dislocated Knives, Shattered Glasses, and Broken Vases. They were all made with a sew-cut-resew-cut-etc. technique, using a "parfait-dyed" background.
Sunday, 21 August 2016
So this one is a little different to the others, in so much as the others where natural forms, shells and daisies. This one is made from "postage stamps" or more importantly stamps from my own collection.
I think it was probably one of the first collections I started as a child, I loved the colours and patterns of the stamps. I was given my pocket money and spent it all on little packets of stamps from different countries. I loved trying to find out where the countries were in the atlas and can remember having particular trouble locating Yemen. I still have them all in five folders, very dusty but lovely to look at!
Sunday, 14 August 2016
Flower symbolism associated with the daisy is purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity! Daisies are often depicted in meadows in medieval pantings and are believed to be over 4,000 years old.
I can remember sitting as a child and making daisy chains and creating necklaces and crowns many times. I still love the flower and once picked a bunch of Dog Daisies and didn't realise until the following morning where the name came. I walked into my kitchen to the smell of smelly wet dog, needless to say they haven't appeared inside again!
Had a bit of a fascination with Ladybugs as a child too, used to love to let them walk across my hands until one pooped on me!
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Here are my 4 Voyage Quilts, although I may change the last one, and do a different one.
Porto is a UNESCO World Heritage Site so a "Treasure". I place I have been to a couple of times and am going back again to later this year
I love the waterfront area, most of the houses have either painted or tiled facades, and most have washing hanging out of the windows.
This one was fun to make, and I tried a free approach - just cutting random shapes for the windows etc - not trying to be too careful.