Thursday, November 17, 2011
Another Landscape - Berry picking in the Gatineau Hills
I am close to completing my berry picking piece. Here is a sneak preview of parts of the quilt. I'm not ready to reveal the whole piece yet. This is one piece I will be exhibiting at the Textile Museum in Almonte Ontario next summer. It was inspired by a photo of my son and I in the Gatineau Hills which his father snapped while I was showing my son some hidden blueberries amongst the long grasses. Later that afternoon we saw a bear on the hill but in my piece the mamma bear and her cub are watching us as we threaten to take away their dinner ( all this happened many moons ago - note the hippy peasant blouse). My oldest son is now 38. I used pale fabrics and tulle to make the sky and hills appear more misty in the distance. Closer up the visibility increases and I used stronger colours. In the foreground I hand stitched grasses, fused and stitched tiny leaves on the trees, and used seed beads for the blueberries. I need to decide whether to finish it as a quilt or not. Except for the sky, I don't think it needs quilting. I may attach the finished piece to a stretched canvas and set it in a floating frame. This is the difficult part for me. But I am happy with the way it turned out so far. I am still thinking of a name for it.