Thursday, October 1, 2009
I loved that Terry chose the theme "Twelve" -- it was the perfect theme to wrap up our first 12x12 cycle! Isn't it amazing that we've all worked together for 2 years?
I had lots of ideas, and spent a lot of time working on an image of a staircase with a sole glass slipper and a fleeting shadow. Maybe it's the fact that Caroline is just now beyond the dress-up and princess phase of little girl-hood that I loved, but I liked the idea of illustrating the stroke of midnight for the "Twelve" challenge.
And yet... and yet... I kept coming back to wanting to celebrate the twelve of us working together. I have loved getting to know everyone in the group better, and I've learned so much from all of you.
So. I decided to work with 12 hands. Can you tell that's what they are? I cut them out in various colors of silk organza, and fused them down, focused around a circle which is meant to symbolize our common purpose in participating in this project. I do like the transparent effect. The result is a bit jumbly, but that's sort of what I like about it. I've had it up on my wall for a week or so now, and I'm not sure if I love it or it's too chaotic. Or maybe the chaos is what I like about it.
Quilting added another challenge. I quilted a big spiral of concentric circles, but found that washed out the hands a bit more than I liked, so I went back in and quilted those, too. So there's a level of stitchy chaos here, too -- lots of seemingly random crossing of lines -- but there you have it. I figure that there is always a touch of crazy unpredictability in any group!
Here's a detail shot: