I haven't been able to share much of what I have been making lately as it has been for several calls for entry that require the work not to have been shown beforehand. So I thought I would share some more of the wonderful work made by the members of the' Six Dames' online group to which I belong.
One of the great things about having a virtual group is that, despite the Covid-19 outbreak, it is 'business as usual' for us. Every 3 months we work on a new piece based on a stimulus one of the group chooses. The work I am sharing below is that which we all made in response to the intriguing photo Ana chose for us at the end of last year. It shows one of the many large-scale sculptures created by Portugese artist, Joana Vasconcelos and is entitled 'Marilyn'.
More information and images of this scultpure in different venues can be seen by clicking on the link http://www.joanavasconcelos.com/video_en.aspx?oid=933. There is also a video where you can hear Joana discussing the piece in French.
You can also visit her website: http://www.joanavasconcelos.com/index.aspx
A closer look reveals what it is made from and the meaning of the piece becomes clearer.
Further information: http://www.joanavasconcelos.com/info_en.aspx?oid=623
Using this photo as our starting point we each drew our own conclusions and made a small textile piece. As you can see, even with the same starting point we each had our own very different interpretations.
Click on each of the images below and a new window will open showing the blog post each of us wrote about our piece, explaining our thoughts and our process.
The intention was that these and other pieces based on our earlier work would be exhibited at the Biennale Internationale d'Art Textile (also known as BIAT and Quilt Expo en Beaujolais) just after Easter 2020. Of course that sadly did not happen, but the exhibition is now scheduled to be held 28th - 30th October 2020. As yet nobody knows if this will be possible, but time will tell. It will be fantastic if the expo can be safely held and I am keeping my fingers crossed as I am really looking forward to the possibility of the 'Six Dames' being able to physically meet together for the first time.
The BIAT website has the most up to date information about the exhibition: https://biat-quiltexpo.com/
Thanks for reading.