This is one of a series of quilts in which three dimensional,
constructed tucks are pieced into a patterned background.
This is the second quilt in the series about a visit to Carnarvon
Gorge, a beautiful national park in Australia. This dramatic
gorge is filled with exotic vegetation, some of it pre-historic,
and found in very few places on earth. In a number of locations
throughout the gorge are found 10,000 year old Aboriginal
rocks paintings in the red and yellow ocher colors of the
soil. After a long, hot day of hiking, we climbed into a side
canyon called the "Moss Garden", and found a cool,
green, peaceful place where both the spirit and the body could
rest. This quilt is about the experience of being in that
The background fabric was painted with fiber reactive dyes,
and textile paints. The green foliage patterns represent the
pre-historic foliage. Each tuck is constructed from two different
fabrics. The fabrics for the left side of the tucks were dyed
in gradations of colors that represent the foliage and flowers
of the "Moss Garden". The fabrics on the right sides
of the tucks were dyed in colors that represent the rocks,
and the Aboriginal rock paintings.
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 fabric printed
in the patterns of Aboriginal bark paintings is used on the
back of the quilt.
This quilt was created as a commission for a private collection in Lexington, Kentucky.
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