Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Lost at Sea

(Above and below: Grave Rubbing Quilt Series: Lost at Sea. 18" x 21". Crayon on silk rubbing, scraps of an opaque chiffon scarf, hand and machine embroidery on severely light-damaged remnants of an old curtain. Words: Lost at Sea; Drowned (repeated); We therefore commit this body to the deep...Looking for the resurrection....When the sea shall give up her dead".)

The original, March 20th 2009 blog post with images that can be enlarged and text about this art quilt includes the following paragraph:

I didn't photograph the reverse of this small art quilt as I didn't use vintage linens. I did, however, use recycled black felt in place of the batting. It came from the local canoe and kayak shop. New boats are sent to such stores wrapped in perfectly usable felt. The owner didn't want to throw it away, so he gave me yards and yards of the stuff! There's something wonderful in using old linens, recycled materials, and grave rubbings together. The used fabric just seems to feel better...like it is lending a spirit of the past and making a point of remembrance. It also seemed "right" to incorporate something attached to the notion of a "boat" with the sentiments of loss and mystery surrounding such a death.

1 comment:

  1. I've just discovered your work and blog (and website) as a result of reading your lovely article in the current issue of Quilting Arts - I look forward to reading all about your work; I often take photos in graveyards and used to make brass rubbings of medieval tombs in churches and think your method is a brilliant way to incorporate these lovely finds. Thankyou.