Posts Tagged ‘grids’

Something Spherical, Continued

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

On October 10th last, I wrote in this  blog about a new work, and showed the left part of the photo below:

Untitled work in progress:  machine piecing (left)  machine quilting (right)


Progress has been intermittent, but apparently like a phone app, my mind has been quietly working on in the background looking for a good title for this.  My custom is to start a list of words and phrases that could become titles, and add to it as I go along.  The list for this piece already includes Moonlight Sonata and Dark Side of The Moon (both really famous musical works already, so not hot contenders for this) but there’s Lunar Eclipse, Night Light, Lunar Grids… and about 20 more.  As I got into the shower this morning, the phrase “…Tears of the Moon” popped into my head, and I knew it followed something about the sun, but couldn’t remember the other part of the metaphor.  So I had to look it up – and where else but Wikipedia, that excellent starting point or, in this case, aide memoire ?   I quickly found what I’d forgotten – that the Incas referred to gold as Sweat of the Sun and silver as Tears of The Moon, and remembered that was the title of an outstanding tv doco series I saw years ago (before I ever came to South America) and I will look for it now to watch again.  As you can see by this extract from the Wiki page, this section of text alone could take me off on a full day at the computer, following interesting links and having a fascinating time learning new things, but I really want to finish the quilting on this piece while I consider a possible companion piece, plus, I’m listening to a fascinating audio book “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 500-year History” by Kurt Andersen.

“Mama Killa (Quechua mama mother, killa moon, “Mother Moon”,[1] hispanicized spelling Mama Quilla), in Inca mythology and religion, was the third power and goddess of the moon. She was the sister and wife of Inti, daughter of Viracocha and mother of Manco Cápac and Mama Uqllu (Mama Ocllo), mythical founders of the Inca empire and culture. She was the goddess of marriage and the menstrual cycle, and considered a defender of women. She was also important for the Inca calendar.

Myths surrounding Mama Killa include that she cried tears of silver and that lunar eclipses were caused when she was being attacked by an animal. She was envisaged in the form of a beautiful woman and her temples were served by dedicated priestesses.”

It won’t be Tears of the Moon – that’s been done, but something good will come from this I know … Silver Eclipse ?…Silver Moon ?… and the app churns on.




Browsing With Pinterest …Lanny Bergner

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

This morning I was looking at an image Pinterest thought I might like, and instantly became an keen fan of very exciting North American mixed media artist, Lanny Bergner   ‘Mixed media’ barely covers what he does, though.

Using a wide repertoire of techniques common to many textile and fibre arts  – coiling, hand stitch, fraying, twisting, wrapping, gluing and knotting, to produce his works, Bergner employs bronze, brass, aluminum and stainless steel screening (meshes), wire, silicone, monofilament and glass frit (knowing nothing about glass I had to look up that word, frit)   Bergner’s work clearly falls within textile and fibre arts, but depend on an essential characteristic of these man-made materials – their inherent self supporting rigidity.

Working from organic life inspirations, and using just a few simple tools – metal snips, pliers and more recently a blowtorch – the artist is able to produce semi-sheer organic looking vessels and grid constructions that require no internal construction supports and layers.  It is exciting to me that many of the living things that have inspired Bergner’s art are fairly ephemeral or fragile, but despite using the harsh raw materials he does, he can still imbue his works with such fleeting, delicate organic qualities.

The results are beautiful, and hardly surprisingly words used about his art include ‘ethereal’ and ‘sheer’.  I have the impression of  light, almost diaphanous forms, and yet if I were privileged to handle a piece (and my fingers are itching) I’m sure I’d find it heavier than I expected – which is not to say ‘heavy’, but nowhere near so lightweight as silk organza or stiff tulle suggested by these images –

Lanny Bergner 3 Circling panels blog

Lanny Bergner, “Circling”  2010,   26″ x 82″ x 4″.  Bronze mesh, silicone, glass frit.


Lanny Bergner _blog Angular

Lanny Bergner  “Angular”  2011,   17″ x 20″ x 16″.  Bronze mesh, linen thread.


His bio contains this wonderful statement “My aim is to bring the natural/artificial and man/nature together into an assemblage of forms that appear to have grown into being. I love the natural world and am constantly inspired by its beauty and varieties of form. This, in combination with my fears, quirks and joys, results in work that celebrates the mystery and wonder of it all”.  Note to self,  I must work on a statement upgrade.

Images supplied courtesy Snyderman-Works Galleries Philadelphia PA



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