I think we need to believe that we have all the time in the world.
I think our inner sense of time has no boundaries. While living as normal people in the every day present, our inner sense of time flips around, going back to childhood and leaping ahead to future plan or worry or dream.
This is a post about the new sleeve that I invented for my large linen damask quilt
I consider most of my work as having two interesting sides, an outer front side and also a beautiful second side.
The usual way to hang quilts on the wall is to sew a sleeve on the back side, but this method covers up the top 4 inches of the second side. I reject it.
Colour is important. The second side of 'underfoot the earth divine' is a buttery coloured linen damask. Dyed with natural wild golden rod blossoms, I call this second side 'overhead the sun'.
My idea was that I could extend the top edge of the quilt with this sleeve and although the function would be obvious, I hoped that the eye would not be disturbed. I really didn't know if it was going to work out, but I felt it was necessary to keep going.
It was necessary to take the time to do my best.
Quilts are valuable.
They deserve respect.
This particular quilt has been shortlisted for a major prize in England.
We tested the sleeve in the outdoor gallery.
Underfoot The Earth Divine
In rural areas of Canada, you can see for miles across the fields.
Inspired by this vastness, I dyed ancient table linens a variety of earthy greys with natural tannins and iron and then cut the cloth into long strips. The strips were then joined together into a large square that resembles a plowed field.
Within the large square, a small taffeta square marked with a velvet cross and red thread sits inside a large circle.
The holes cut into this sewn surface reveal soft earth-coloured velvet that we yearn to touch.
My work starts and ends with the inner world.