27 January 2013

New Work: Hartford Provides Inspiration for CT Local Color

Done and submitted!  I went a little beyond my self-imposed deadline of January 20, but my latest major piece is complete.  “Science Center” as I have so creatively named it, is one of 3 entries I’ve submitted to SAQA-CT’s Regional Exhibition “Local Color”.

Themel_CTSciCtrSM(Science Center, 33h x 39w)

If you live in Connecticut you’ll probably recognize the unique architecture of the CT Science Center in Hartford, which was the inspiration for this piece. 

Themel_CTSciCtrDetailI used colorful, geometric batik fabrics to represent science, medicine and technology, and to convey the fun our family has had playing (and learning) at the Science Center.

I used acrylic tulle to approximate glass for the center part of the building (see detail, left).

This is a bit of a departure for me.  There are no solid color fabrics in this piece, other than the black binding.  I’m a LITTLE obsessed with patterns and batiks as of late.   And with the exception of window pane lines, I didn’t use the quilt stitches to add realistic details like reflections or texture.  Most of the stitches are done in coordinating thread so it blends into the fabric.  I wanted the patterns of the batik to show through and shine on their own.

Attention SAQA Members in Connecticut: Don’t forget to enter your work into Local Color.  Entry/Registration is open until February 15, 2013


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