Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hot hot hot


Two of my many passions are travel and art. My number one place I want to visit is India and hopefully we will be able to go in the next few years. I started this piece with that in mind and this is what I came up with. I soon realized that it will be shown directly below my rocking chair piece in the mosaic which is similair in color. I went back to the drawing board and made another piece using cool colors which did nothing for me, so I decided to use this piece and hope it does not look to weird in the mosaic. One of my other passions is art and I realized this piece looked a lot like something Hundertwasser would do, so I was pleased to be able to combine these two favorites. This piece is made using a method from the C June Barnes book "Stitching to Dye in Quilt Art" involving wool batting, stitching, then dyeing.

13 comments:

Kristin L said...

I can feel the heat wave from here! What a wonderful composition of color and texture. I'd love to see this one in person -- I bet it just screams to be touched.

Gerrie said...

This just screams India - curry, hot, messy, a visual treat. Your work always does that for me. Makes me want to dig down into it and see what is there.

Helen Conway said...

This is a quit that needs looking at for a long time to see all the individual bits - hard to imagine how you got it all in in 12 inches. I keep lookig at that book and not buying it. Maybe at festival of Quilts I wil get it!

Brenda said...

India also came to mind when considering this theme but I was thinking Bollywood and the riot of colour. Your interpretation is more elegant but no less evocative and I can't wait to see this piece in person.

Terry said...

All I can think to say is BEAUTIFUL! Just beautiful. I can't even imagine how you did this, but it doesn't matter. It is just rich and wonderful and BEAUTIFUL!

Pamela Price Klebaum said...

The tightness caused by the shrinking wool, and the skyline/sun really evoke a scene on a crowded street, maybe in Mombai. Very effective!

Lisa Flowers Ross said...

They are all so wonderful as usual and lots of warm colors. I have also used warm colors which you can see in my play-along piece on my blog.

Terri Stegmiller said...

That is a great book Karen, and you did a marvelous job on this piece. The color is so awesome!

kirsty said...

WOW! As one who has lived in very hot places, can I say that you have captured the heat SO well! It feels just like that. I can't believe this is only 12 x 12. It looks so much bigger! The complexity and richness is amazing and I could stare at it for hours.

SandyQuilts said...

You might find Lana In India blog of interest.

http://lana-in-india.blogspot.com/

Diane said...

Karen! This does evoke a hot city, full of life. I love the amazing detail in the fabric -- like ruching? I'd love to see this in person. I hope you get to see India soon!

Nikki said...

What a heat wave! I can feel the city full of life and sweaty passions.

Françoise said...

Beautiful quilt!
These are really the colours I saw in the pictures my DH took in India. And the texture... Wow! I must see it in real.