I am pleased with myself that I was able to complete 'I AM LOVE' in time to submit it to Studio Art Quilt Associates for an up-close-and-personal look at SAQA artists' works. This traveling exhibition asked SAQA members to create a 10" x 7" art quilt that showcases their artistic expression.
I think that this small but mighty piece captures the hidden message mandala that I enjoy creating. Along with a miniature of my hand print that represents the prints that are often found in my personalized works.
A stencil with the words 'I am" was created, then positioned on the batik fabric before painting with Shiva oil paintstix. I like the way the color can be layered and controlled with these paints.
Next the piece is layered with batting and stitched. Using another stencil, the rays of light were added, then stictched with metallic thread. To further enhance the light, crystals were strategically placed on the mandala.
The 2014 Anniversary Trunk Show will premiere at the 2014 SAQA conference in Washington, DC, and then travel all across the United States and around the world.
A group of quilts from this exhibition will be chosen by jurors Linda Colsh and Margaret “Peg” Keeney to become a permanent part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.