I'm working on an art quilt now that I can't wait to complete and show. It's inspired from a few different things working in combination.
Inspiration #1 - Andy Goldsworthy. He's an installation artist/ecologist? I'm applying labels to him here and I'm not sure if they're the most appropriate labels. Anyway, he works with rocks. I saw an amazing youtube video of his work and it really struck me.
Inspiration #2 - My firend Mel Falck did a presentation (in which he showed the Andy goldsworthy video) and then we worked with rocks at the end. I was really surprised at how cold the rocks were in the room, how easily they carried that temperature. We were in an academic setting and the rocks really moved us outdoors and literally sort of backwards in time. I found that experience a bit mesmerizing.
Inspiration #3 - I work with fiber and when I started thinking about rock art and mixed it with my experiences with fiber art, it got infused with Appalachian culture and reminded me of these two stories.
My grandparents didn't heat the bedrooms in their house. They had a wood stove and kept the doors to the living area closed so that those rooms would stay warm. When they went to bed, they took rocks off the top of the wood stove and wrapped them in fabric and put them in the bed with them. The rocks held their heat and kept the bed warm through most of the night, or at least until their body heat warmd the beds. She said there was nothing better than getting into bed with a warm rock.
The second story she told me is about how the houses were built. The rooms were built with one layer of wood between the inside and the outside. So, sometimes there would be cracks between the floor boards or in the walls. On particualrly windy Appalachian nights, the gusts would come through the floors and walls and would blow the quilt up a bit, getting cold air under the blankets. So, they used to weigh down the edges of the quilts with rocks to keep the gusts of wind out.
So, all in combination, it leads me to this newest quilt I'm working on. It will be, in final, 3X5 6 inch squares with an edge about 4 inches. Each block is around 6 inches. All in all, should be around 30X 40 inches. All of the fabric is raw muslin. The cross pieces are all hand dyed raw muslin. The rocks are river rock. I will be anxious to see how it hangs. The quilting has a ripple effect, like a pebble being tossed into a pond. It reminds me of the song Ripple. It's a Grateful Dead tune, but I'm in love with the Jane's Addiction cover.
This photo is a bit over exposed and doesn't really highlight the ripples....oh well.
I don't like to show, or even discuss things much until they're complete. I don't like to be watched.... However, so few people read this blog, it feels private.... And, I really like this piece.