Monday, March 23, 2015

Go Tell It at the Quilt Show! interview with Deb Berkebile

So here's my interview at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  For as nervous as I was, I believe the interview went rather smoothly.  The next GIS quilt in the series is finished ~ Eye of the Sahara.  I have posted some pictures on my blog earlier that show the starting of the quilt and the progress there after.

These quilts will all be entered in a local art show.  I will let you know when and where that will be after the initial call for entries.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

For the Love of Art ~

I love making art.  Even if it's not seen by many, it's what makes my heart content, my soul inspired and motivates me to be the best version of myself!

I have started my third quilt in the “Earth in Three Bands: R, G, B” Series.  This one is "Eye of the Sahara" or Richat Structure. It is a geological circular feature in the Sahara desert near Ouadane.  It is very visible from space.  Shuttle crews from NASA have used this structure as a landmark from the skies since it has a diameter of 30 miles.  Initially interpreted as a meteorite impact structure because of its high degree of circularity, it is now thought to be merely a symmetrical uplift that has been laid bare by erosion.  NASA has been quoted saying, "Although it resembles an impact crater, the Richat Structure formed when a volcanic dome hardened and gradually eroded, exposing the onion-like layers of rock".  There still lies some mystery to it's creation. 

I will be showing my process and development over this project.  Here is what I have going on so far.

This is the original remote sensed image that NASA took on the Landsat 7 satellite which I will be using for my quilt.  NASA gives permission to use these images so we won't have to get into those copyright questions.

Picking of the fabrics is one of my favorite things for each and every project I start.  I have done my series of quilts in batiks.I feel these fabrics give the depth that I need to start with plus some details found the the fabric 

I use Photoshop for my layers.  I print my sections on freezer paper and then am able to iron on my fabric and cut out the intricate shapes.  This is how art is formed! I will use acrylic paints also for some of the detail, plus more thread painting as I go along.

 I have taken a different approach to this quilt.  I am creating the center section, the volcanic dome as it is described by NASA, on a separate piece of fabric. I want a more three dimensional look to it.  I am starting with some thread painting to show the spiral formation.  It will then be stitched onto the main quilt when I feel I have enough detail.
Check back in for updates as the project progresses!
So back to machine I go!  Happy Quilting!