Living on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef has an impact. We are very aware of what's out there in the sea, so near by. And one of my family's favourite places to go in Townsville is Reef HQ, a very large marine aquarium. It's like visiting a mini reef. Every time we go there I talk to a particular fish. I know that sounds strange but this guy is brimming with personality and he is SO friendly. He comes rushing up to the glass and looks straight at me "Oh! hello!! It's you again!" The last time we were there a volunteer told me that these fish (Maori Wrasse) are in trouble. They are so very friendly and curious that they are just too easy to catch.
My 'blue and white with a touch of black' kind of turned into a 'blue and a touch of white and black'! There is a great deal of artistic license taken with this dude's markings. I painted him on white cloth using dye-na-flow, Tsukineko inks and Jacquard paint (lumiere). He is needleturn appliqued onto the background fabric which is also painted to tone down the contrast of the paisleys. The only white ended up being the stitching on his eye and the outlining of his markings. That wasn't my intention, but you know what happens when a paintbrush takes control of your hand!
I'm very happy with this quilt. It turns out that that crazy fish means rather a lot to me and I'm glad to have this little tribute to him.
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.