This is one of a series of quilts in which three dimensional, constructed tucks are incorporated into a patterned background. This quilt was inspired by a trip to Queensland, Australia in early Spring, when all of the trees and shrubs were in full bloom. The background fabric was painted with fiber reactive dyes in large flower and leaf patterns. These patterns represent the feeling of being among exotic tropical flowers, and looking at them close up, however the flower forms do not represent any particular botanical species.
Each of the 1/2" "tucks" was constructed from two different fabrics. The right sides of the tucks were made from fabrics dyed in a gradation of pure rainbow hues, in the cool half of the spectrum (blue, green, yellow/green). The left sides of the tucks were dyed in a gradation of warm hues (Purple. fuchsia, orange, golden yellow). The use of color 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 radiating, string pieced border, of intersecting color gradations, surrounds the three dimensional center panel.
- Botanics, Gallery Ten, (National, juried, multimedia, art exhibit) Rockford, IL 1991
- Unconventional Pile, Textile Arts International, 1991 (Invitational Exhibit) Minneapolis, MN
- Holiday Garden of Quilts, Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Quilters), 1991 Glencoe, IL
- National Art competition, 1992, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville, MO
- Ginza Quilt-Eye Gallery, (solo exhibition) 1992, Tokyo, Japan