Monday, June 14, 2010

Workin' on the Work

I decided I wanted to make a 12" piece for the SAQA Auction. At about the same time, I heard a podcast on To the Best of Our Knowledge, entitled "Sacred Nature". I was particularly intrigued by Segment 2, an interview with Gordon Hempton about his book, One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Silence in a Noisy World. Almost immediately, a picture formulated in my mind: a piece 12" x 12" composed of 1" squares -- all but one of them in randomly-pieced black and white fabrics. Then, one square inch of peaceful blue. I finished it late last week, and am about to mail it off for the auction. You can see a photo of it on page 3b of the SAQA 2010 Auction site. And yes, it's entitled, "One Square Inch".

I've also been moving ahead with "God, of Your Goodness" -- the first in a series of spiritually-inspired pieces. As seems to be my habit, much of it is hand stitched, like the applique in blanket stitch for these hearts...

The idea is that the hearts are cascading down the front of the robes of a celestial being (God), and that they represent "Himself", because the piece is based on the opening line of a prayer of Julian of Norwich: "God, of your goodness, give me Yourself...".

Stay tuned; there will be more photos as the piece progresses. I have a strong sense it will be hand-quilted, too.

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