Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sunset


Last January, the Portland Art Museum had a show titled China Design Now, an exhibit of the varied design and architecture of modern China. In the show were some objects that were covered in organza pojagi pockets which overlapped. I was so taken by the whimsical nature of these objects. I filed it away as a future project.

For this piece, I painted silk organza with yellow and purple paint — the piece that I posted earlier. I cut 2 and half inch strips which I sewed together and then cut again into squares which I turned into the pockets. Each side of these pockets is different. Each one is like a beautiful miniature composition. I arranged them in an overlapping composition and stitched them to the background which had been previously finished with a pillowcase backing. This will all be explained on my personal blog later today.

My only nagging feeling about this is finishing the top. I felt I needed to do something. I ended up sewing a line of purple and gold beads as a finish. I would like to have come up with something more elegant.

Here is a detail:

17 comments:

Deborah Boschert said...

Stunning. Beautiful and so unique. I love the contrast of the flowy, watery, colors with the geometric order of each petal. You also did a great job of placing each petal. I love the slightly off center yellow glow.

Nikki said...

I absolutely love the colors!

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Terry said...

This is so sensuous! The color is warm and scrumptious and the texture and sense of transparency and layers of mystery are very rich. Yum, Yum!

Karen said...

I saw that same exhibit when we were up there and was blown away by it. This is so beautiful Gerrie, I want the wind to hit it and have the edges fluttering. The colors are so liquidy and flowing it just moves while standing still.

Diane said...

What a lovely effect! The colors are stunning and I love the overlapping tiles. There is something soothing and yet active at the same time! Gorgeous colors and flow here.

Françoise said...

This is beautiful. The colours are so rich. I have to go to your blog to see how you did this!

Carole said...

Gerrie... this is POJAGI!! Awesome.. I am not a member, but wow!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Very interesting Gerrie. First of all the colors just sing to me and then the way you constructed it is so unique. Great idea!

Sarah Ann Smith said...

Gerrie...I am utter in love with this piece!!!!! The colors just sing! Cheers, Sarah

Revalani said...

I remember that bird in the China Design exhibit that was your initial inspiration. Love your process, and of course the end result.

Robin said...

Gerrie,
The colors are luscious and I don't know that you could have made it any more elegant:)
That simple row of beads is perfect!

Kristin L said...

No wonder you were so excited about this while you were making it! It is FANTASTIC! I love the simple elegance. It has that wonderful ethereal quality of a sunset, and of course, you've nailed the colors. I bet it looks even better in person. lovelovelovelovelove.

Sue Bleiweiss said...

This is wonderful Gerrie, it has a lot of movement in it and the subtle shifts in color are very pleasing to the eye. Nicely done.

Helen Conway said...

I want to see if there is a little present in each bag! And to ruffle them all up like feathers. I think you should never left me near this quilt in real life!

Myriam said...

Magnifique et inspirant.
I just discovered your work and creation. A funny sequence since Saturday : the magazine New Zealand Quilter, the paper inside about twelve by twelve,the group's blog, and so on. From Montréal, Québec, Myriam

Brenda said...

Thanks for stopping by Myriam. New Zealand Quilter is a great magazine and we appreciate editor Anne Scott's support for our project.