...that I do not get to participate regularly in and think wistfully about is perfect foil for an artwork about rituals, don't you think? I thought so too and thus created an art quilt about it for an invitational exhibit by Dinner@8Artists. I am honored to be invited once again and have completed this piece just in the nick of time as usual. I seem to work better and faster under the pressure of a deadline.
Summer in Russia. At least the summers of my childhood and the summers in Russian novels, revolve around a samovar at the table in the garden of a dacha. My dacha, or I should say my family dacha, is not available to me every summer anymore, but I did have the pleasure of introducing my kids to life on a dacha and they loved it. This summer we hope to visit again. A samovar, the full functioning version, I do have in my kitchen, and a small collection of decorative samovars. Perhaps in another blog post I will show my collection. Now there's a fabric samovar in my art.
This art quilt was a bit of a departure for me. Yes, I still used the same techniques I always do. BUT! Believe it or not - there is actual batting in this quilt! I haven't used batting in quite a while. This piece asked for batting, it needed to feel more substantial. Maybe the size dictated the use of batting? I just listened and did as told, I always obey my muse.
It also feels more "quiltier" than my other work. Maybe it's the layering of scraps? Or is it just my own imagination?
|sky and roof detail|
|an extreme close up of hand stitching|
|recycled scraps are fun to layer like brush strokes|
|Dacha, (60"x24") Natalya Aikens©2012|