Thursday, September 8, 2011

Essence of Self


 Plain Jane 
28" x 28"

The applique group at Your Arts Gallery unveiled their "Essence of Self" (self portrait) quilts last night at our monthly meeting.  No one had talked about or seen each others projects before last night. Frances Whitfield (gallery director) set them up for us to view and try to guess who was who.
I have to say, each of the 8 quilts was stunning - original, colorful, artful - just wonderful!!  Everyone told their story and those stories were also wonderful. We learned things about each other we didn't know.  
My quilt entry is titled "Plain Jane".  I designed, machine appliqued and machine quilted this project.  It tells the story of how my quilts speak for me while I maintain a sort of quiet demeanor which is reflected in the monochromatic color scheme.  A few  flowers, leaves and stems in a  simple but lovely setting show that I try to find the beauty in nature and everyday life.
The Essence of Self quilts will be on display at Your Arts Gallery later this month;  I will take photos and share them on this blog (with the artists' permission).

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