This is one of a series of quilts in which three dimensional, constructed tucks are pieced into a patterned background. The background is constructed from two different hand painted fabrics. One was painted with diagonal bands of rainbow colors from right to left, and the other was painted in diagonal bands of rainbow colors from left to right. Strips of the two fabrics were alternated in the background. This resulted in the optical illusion of transparent, overlapping diamonds in the areas where there is contrast between light and dark values.
Each of the 1/2" "tucks" were constructed from two different fabrics. The right sides of the tucks are a 26 shade gradation of pure rainbow hues. The left sides of the tucks are black polished cotton. The use of color and value gradations, and the twisting of the tucks from side to side, create the illusion of movement and light across the surface of the quilt.
A border of alternating strips of black and rainbow hued fabric, surrounds the pleated center. It's radiating design, continues the sense of movement, while drawing the eye into the center.
NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF DEPTH AND DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN ART, Museum Without Walls, International, Bemus Point, NY. March, 1992