The base is comprised of a bamboo/cotton blend that has been painted with acrylic textile paints and machine quilted with trilobal polyester thread. The batting is an Eco Friendly Quilters Dream Green Batting which has been recycled from green plastic bottles. I absolutely love the idea of taking trash from landfills and giving back to the community, an aesthetically pleasing piece of art. Dinner @ Eight Artists, "Rituals" exhibit will begin its debut at the 2012 International Quilt Festival Travelling show in Long Beach, California and continue on to Houston, Texas. It is sponsored by Moore’s Sewing Center http://www.moores-sew.com/ and Havel’s Sewing http://www.havelssewing.com/ .
Since March when I finished creating this piece, I have stumbled upon a local park here in Austin that is home to dozens of peacocks. There was one male that was particularly flashy and actively displaying his courtship dances for the females. Not having captured the tail feathers in Sunrise Serenade, I was inspired to create this piece. It's current working title is Primavera though it is subject to change. It is funny how one piece can lead to another. Primavera is currently under the machine and will be finished later this week but I still have one more piece in mind. Can you guess? I am now pondering how to capture a front view of a peacock with it's feathers spread out. And I am thinking of doing it in a 3 dimensional manner. You know what they say, little ideas can percolate and turn into grander creations. I also have a hankering to create a piece with a pair of matching roosters from a photo I took earlier this year. who knows, I may end up with two series born from one piece. And that is the beauty of being an artist, deciding which one will be next and how it will be accomplished. For now, I am off to finish the second piece and see where it takes me. Wishing you a happy and creative day!