Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Never Accurate But Never Dull

(Above: Never Accurate But Never Dull, Grave Rubbing Quilt Series. 24" x 18". Crayon on silk grave rubbing collaged with vintage lace on severely light damaged curtains. Hand and free-motion machine embroidery.

This quilt was accepted by juror Paul Kaufman into the regional exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth, GA from September 24 – October 26, 2009. The show, Fiber Artistry - Journey of the Imagination is sponsored by The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild.

From the original, May 25th blog post about this art quilt:

Looking back, cemeteries have always been a fascination. Chiseled gravestones, flags and flowers, and a place for remembrances have always been important to me. Now, however, I'm deeply involved in an art series using grave rubbings, epitaphs, and photos from these sacred places. It just happened to be Memorial Day weekend when this creative adventure took us to our nation's capital and Arlington National Cemetery.

While at Arlington, I wandered off by myself....barefoot. It just seemed right. This is often how I walk through cemeteries. I've had some comments/emails about "respect" with regards to grave rubbings. Please note, I don't use any of the names; I pick up litter as I go; I pray; I step quietly and barefoot...though, yes, upon the grave site. This artistic work is being made and collected with my utmost respect.

Then, I stitched the entire way home....on another Grave Rubbing Quilt....Never Accurate But Never Dull. While this isn't the sort of thing I might want left said of my life, the words spoke volumes to me. These appeared to be words left by a husband for his cherished wife. The vintage lace and crocheted glove just seemed perfect for it.

(Above: Detail of front. Below: Reverse.)

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