Pattern on Pattern

I received an open call for a mini show to be held at a local community college. I already had some small pieces (the maximum for the show is 8×8 inches), but I thought it would be fun to design new works.

I had done a small piece of several figures that caused great discussions on Facebook as to the meaning of the faceless people. I thought it would be interesting to explore a similar figure in the new work. At the same time, I was reading about how women’s voices were being silenced. I started out with one design. Fabrics were from France, India, Africa, Indonesia, etc. I dreamt of a woman with antlers. Her actions became the end of a poem I was writing and part of the imagary of the art quilt.

silence_with_antlers

Listening to the comments of a friend, it seemed like the women disappeared too much. I started taking elements off and rearranging the collage. One artwork became two. I referenced a catalog: “Islamic Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art” to see their masterful use of pattern and story. I noticed bright colors as accents to the patterns and geometric shapes as space dividers. The text is in its own shape so I wrote the lines from my poem in a shape of hand-dyed cotton. This picture is of the work in progress. More changes to come!

silence_women

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~ by fiberverse on February 18, 2014.

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