Yesterday ‘Big Brother’ was awarded first place in the Art Quilt category at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham. This is the first time I have entered this category so I was amazed to win!
‘Chuzenjii’, my other quilt at the show, was entered into the Pictorial class and received a ‘Highly Commended’ award – so not one but two reasons to celebrate!
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.
The theme for the latest ‘Art Quilts Around the World Group‘ challenge was ‘Nursery Rhymes’. For my quilt I decided to ‘ignore’ the darker side of this nursery rhyme (you can read all about this in Sue Zimet’s post) and take the words of poem quite literally.
It was the word ‘contrary’ which caught my attention i.e. ‘opposite in nature, direction or meaning’. Behind the garden wall, Mary, whom I view as a young girl, perhaps of teenage years, shows her spiky, disorganised ‘other’ self.
Techniques used: Image manipulation and printing, rubber stamping and Inktense pencils, appliqué, fabric painting, stencilling, foiling (silver bells), machine quilting.
You can see the other group members’ quilts here.