I’ve been painting and quilting, but assembling the pieces in a different way.
This year, the Clay Festival has a central theme of vessels. Although most calls are for clay, there is one call that is open to other mediums. The Neo-Mimbreno exhibit prospectus states: “The artist should depict, through two-dimensional or three-dimensional media, their interpretation of a vessel. The work must be inspired by the prehistoric Mimbreno culture of the Southwest.” My quilt, MIMBRES SECTION, used many Mimbres pottery symbols, so I figured I could use those symbols in a different way. I painted and printed individual pieces, or “shards”, using different images, cut them apart and layered them on gray felt and black canvas. I quilted each piece individually and hand stitched them together to “reconstruct” the pieces into a whole.
Originally, the shape of the vessel was to be wider, shorter, and sloped inward at the top to a narrow opening. I constructed a wire support system in that shape, but then realized that the “shards” would not easily adapt to the narrowing aperture without darts or pleats…or SOMETHING! I am not very adept at working with a heavy wire cage (and had cuts and pokes on my hands and arms to prove it), so I was not too happy to toss it after all my efforts. I realized I needed to keep the body of the vessel simpler… with a gentle slope. It ended up being almost three feet tall. I made a lid to place on top of the body and things fit together well…no wire cage needed as a support. I used a stiff interfacing to keep the shape and to mold the top. This detail shot may help illustrate my description.
I submitted this piece in answer to the call…we’ll see…from the studio