Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Endless Life, Grave Rubbing Art Quilt

(Above: Endless Life, Grave Rubbing Art Quilt. 38" x 33". Crayon on silk rubbings on repurposed painter's drop cloth. Hand and free motion machine embroidery.)

I made three of the rubbings (the folk art angels/skull) for Endless Life while in Lydford, England. The markers were from the late 18th century. Two of the other angels date from the same time period but were in Maine. The epitaph, however, comes from Rock Creek Park Cemetery in Washington, DC.

(Above: Endless Life, detail.)

The background of this piece is sort of special too. I friend here in Columbia, Libby Gamble, moved to California to pursue an MFA in photography. She gave me her stash of vintage clothing, material, and other assorted fabrics....including an old painter's drop cloth. I don't think I could have intentionally created a more perfect ground for these rubbings. Occasionally, I'd hit a patch of more solid, acrylic paint through which it was harder to stitch....but it was worth it!

(Above: Endless Life, reverse. Vintage embroidered cloth on vintage damask.)

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