I've been participating in Alida's blog hop for two years now. This will be my fourth entry. It's a great event - I get to make an art quilt from a piece of art that I love, and see all of the participants' creations. Thanks Alida for organising this again!
|Gaïa, Mother Earth|
This fall event's theme is Mother Nature, sometimes known as Gaïa, the goddess of the earth.
My entry is based on a reproduction statuette of a beautiful Pre-Columbian female figure from Colombia, South America. Technically, the figure probably did not represent Gaïa, but she is, to me, a symbol of Mother Earth.
|Reproduction statuette from the Tamaco culture|
|The archaeological area|
in Colombia and Ecuador
I found two resources, that I have listed in the Related Links below, about the statuette. The first one is about the Tumaco culture while the other one, on the Tolita culture, is from the same region but possibly older. Check them out for a fascinating read.
The area in Colombia where she comes from is near the Ecuador border. Here is a map of the area from the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino.
Since the theme is Mother Nature, I wanted to make the background of this art piece based on the area where this statuette comes from.
Tumaco is both a port city and municipality located on the southwestern corner of Colombia, near the border with Ecuador, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It has a hot, tropical climate.
It's far from a realistic representation but it includes some interesting animals and plants of the area, and of Colombia in general. The wax palm tree, Colombia's national tree, is found near this area, in the Cocora valley. I've included a poison arrow frog, an orchid, a bird (the Stripe billed aracari), and a morpho butterfly. The landscape includes a river, the valley with the wax palms as well as mountains in the distance.
|Panoramic of Cocora valley with wax palms|
I started with the background of the valley and the mountains. These are all hand-dyed fabrics - my own and some from my stash. I also wanted to add a water feature. It took me a while to work in the river on the bottom left. You can see one of my earlier attempts in the image below.
My favourite part was making the wax palms. They are so tall and elegant!
|After the thread painting and before the quilting|
I quilted the piece with Superior Kimono silk thread in both the bobbin and the top.
|Quilted and almost finished|
To outline the mountains, I couched some dark green yarn made of banana fibre.
I embellished the statuette, as if they were offerings made to Gaïa, with coral buttons representing baskets and an orchid.
|Baskets and an orchid as offering to Gaïa|
|Wax Palms and stripe billed aracari|
|River with a Morpho butterfly and a poisonous arrow frog|
|Gaïa, Mother Earth|
- I hadn't researched the origins of the statue until I decided to make this art quilt. I am really happy to know a little more about her culture and her country of origin. Colombia has an amazingly rich and diverse ecology.
- I had a really hard time incorporating the river into the piece. When I finally stopped trying to be realistic, it all fell into place.
- It was fun making the various animals and plants that I appliquéd to the piece.
- I had no idea how I was going to finish the piece. This is really something that I should think about before making the quilt - it would make it so much easier at the end. I do like how the pieced binding worked out. I considered quilting over it and making it a more integral part of the quilt, but frankly I was tired and this would have required a lot of work. I just wasn't up to it.
- The Tumaco Culture of Colombia - Martin L. Katz
- La Tolita, Pre-Columbian Culture, Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
- Tumaco, Wikipedia
- Colombia Travel Blog
- National Symbols of Colombia, Wikipedia
Gaïa, Mother Earth
19¾" x 17¾"
Materials: hand-dyed and commercial cotton fabric, coral buttons, banana fibre yarn
Techniques: appliqué, photo transfer medium, couching, thread painting, FMQ,
Linking Parties: this post is a part of the Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Fall 2017. Take the time to visit the other participants. I'm sure that it will be worth while! I will also be linking to some fine link-ups. Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, Free Motion Mavericks, Off the Wall Friday, Needle & Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Here is the schedule and links to the Art with Fabric Blog Hop, I will be adding direct links to the posts as they are posted. I will also be hosting guess blogger Patty, on Friday. Be sure to come back and check out her work!
Monday, October 9th, 2017
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Friday, October 13th, 2017