Viewpoints 9 (Cycle 7) Challenge 1
Title of work: Colorful and Splendid
A new world that I only recently discovered is that croton plants are delicate and beautiful. After observing them for some time, I began to admire this kind of ever-changing plant that can naturally change its color. If our lives can be transformed in such a wonderful way, they must be colorful and splendid and keeping oneself stay motivated.
After observing the color change of leaves, I found that with leaves, color sensations can be cultivated. We might be able to practice visual empathy and learn to experience the world from the perspectives of people who suffer from color weakness and color blindness. How troublesome it could be if we cannot distinguish the differences between certain colors in our daily lives. I have started a series of study and exploration, and l look forward to starting a new knowledge journey with curiosity. I hope to increase my creative energy. This is the first work in my Observation series.
Materials: monoprinting, hand dyed fabrics, natural dyed fabrics, recycled fabrics, commercial cotton prints, silk, metallic thread, Romanian thread
Techniques: hand stitched, hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand quilted
Size: H 41" x W 41"
Ideas and Thoughts:
Enjoy the Freedom
My personal theme for A New World is Observation. I want to make some changes, and I wish to observe myself and my family members more. I will challenge myself to create a brand new series of 6 works.
It’s a quilt that I completed in March 2020. The rubbing of Chinese characters was from a door panel that I saw during a visit to China with Sue Dennis and Mary Pal. It depicts that I have too many unknowns to learn about people, things, and the environment, and therefore I used a lot of red colors and hollow flowers on it.
In the next 18 months after March 2021, I will try to bring back the vitality for the hollow flowers, give myself new learning experiences, inject living water and see more interesting and new things. Exploration makes me happy. I won’t give up but keep going! I look forward to creating 6 quilts in the next 18 months! I wish you all health and happiness.