Pacifying Passion © 2013 Linda A. Miller
"There is no art without contemplation."
This work is a reflection on the calming the hot emotional qualities of red. Soothing with horizontal linear design elements. The process began by free motion stitching on a color gradated wholecloth top with wool felt batting. The quilted top was rinsed in hot water and hung to dry. I decided to only use a hand wash method to keep the accumulation of wool fuzz to a minimum...there is always a migration of fuzz to the top that requires removal after machine washing/dryer processing. This produced an appealing effect with a subtle degree of shrinkage and texture.
From that point, I appliqued on undulating layers in a mix of prints. The sun is also appliqued. Yarns were machine couched to follow the lines of movement. Some oil stick embellishment was added to heighten detail, with finishing touches of hand embroidery.
Though "Pacifying Passion" did not get accepted into the exhibit it was intended for, the act of aiming for the show inspired my motivation to complete it. Sometimes an external goal can help create work that might not have been done otherwise. Have you found this to be true for you? I am sure this quilt will find an exhibition/home in the future.
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