Mirage 1, 2005. 75 x 100cm Oscuro, 2002. 122cm x 100cm.
These two small wall quilts date from early 2002. Looking through archived images this morning I found the one on the right, and though I remembered it, and occasionally come across it in the deepest recesses of my storage area. For a while I couldn’t remember what on earth I called it, but eventually I did, and I now believe the illustrated catalogue to be complete. The key word is ‘believe’, leaving some wiggle room for another discovery.
Mirage 1 was really just a sample to see how fine I could go with a wavy line approach, and gently waving lines like these have characterised my technique ever since. It’s no great art work, but a little piece I love and usually take to any technical workshop that includes freehand piecing. I had just been inspired by the new appearance of very finely pieced works by well known Australian artist and friend, Margery Goodall, which has since become a signature element in her textile art. The title reflects the shimmering quality of a mirage.
Oscuro also has little artistic merit, but is another piece I needed to make. The arcs of colour which began appearing in my work several years before seemed appropriate for those unforgettable images of rolling, falling, clouds of smoke, ash, all manner of debris, that filled our minds following New York’s Twin Towers attack in 2001. The barely visible machine quilted pattern is of same-colour grey arcs over the entire quilt. Oscuro is spanish for dark.
Tags: arcs, colour memories, free machine quilting, inspiration, lines, Mirage 1, Oscuro, strip patterns