In this design, I wanted to convey the fluid strength of a tree that reaches toward the heavens above while it remains strongly rooted in the earth below.
"Reaching" became a study in nature's rich colors of brown, black, gold, green and blue. Hand dyed fabrics provided the many variations of each color and added additional textures.
"Reaching" was exhibited at the Front Porch Gallery in Carlsbad, California, with the San Diego Museum Artist Guild's Members Show. This exhibit was prominently an exhibition of paintings and sculptures.
"Reaching" was published in SAQA's (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Portfolio 19, asource book for galleries, museums and collectors.
I enlarged my small sketch 400% and made a copy. On the copy, the pieces of the design were numbered and then cut apart seperately to serve as templates to be used for selection of fabrics.
I used hand dyed and commercial cotton fabrics and hand made bias. The technique I used was my bias line design. I created this Art Quilt usding fused fabric and bias applique. The entire surface is free-motion machine quilted which produces wonderful texture and dimension.
This Art Quilt is ready to hang. On the back top is a sleeve with a metal rod. The rod has a hole on each end. This makes it easy to hang with two nails. I also put a sleeve on the back bottom with a metal rod to insure that the entire art piece hangs flat to the wall. The hanging device is invisible from the front.