Our annual theme for this year is 'Light', and this quarter's theme, chosen by Janine, is 'Illumination'.
I've absolutely loved this year's theme - so much to think about. The particular nature of the subthemes this year also made it possible to return to some sources of inspiration and with each quarter I got more and more interested in the qualities of light and in light as a metaphor. So my thought processes for the final quilt in this series turned towards these again and spun off something like this:
- Illumination as in lighting, light, sources of light
- Illumination as in illuminated manuscripts - where 'illuminated' comes from the Latin for 'lit up' or 'enlightened' and refers to gold or colourful decoration of important and precious texts ...
- illumination as a metaphor for intellectual or spiritual enlightenment
- the beauty and colour of cathedral windows...
- ...as a source of illumination which in turn made me think of motes of coloured light dancing on old stonework (a different quality of light to that in Stained Glass Shadows)
- and back to the idea of colour and gilding in illuminated manuscripts
I wanted to incorporate all these inter-related elements. So this quilt has all the things!
Patchwork cathedral windows represent the real thing, casting dancing coloured lights on old stonework.
The quilting, a combination of straight line and stippling, reflects rays of light on weathered stone.
But you could also imagine illuminated texts, with gilding and beautiful colours on paper or velum, and these texts are themselves a source of 'illumination'.
The gold represents beams of light (illumination in the physical sense), or gilding, and also contributes towards the idea of illumination in the metaphorical sense.
30" x 30"
Oakshott cottons and gold silk
Aurifil 50 and 28wt in two colours
Sadly, this will be our last Four in Art reveal! Thank you fellow members for being a constant source of inspiration and enthusiasm, many thanks to Rachel, our current chairperson, for organising us, and, most especially, thank you Elizabeth for being the drive behind such a warm, supportive and thoughtful group.
Please check out the other Four-in Arters who also reveal their quilts today;
Betty, Elizabeth, Janine, Nancy, Rachel, Simone or on the group blog.
and stay tuned for The Endeavourers, as Janine, Nancy and I move forward with a new group next year.