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.
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.