Tuesday, October 10, 2006


I am going to Art Journey Retreat in March 2007, and this little quilt is for a pre-retreat, chunky book swap, using Lost Aussie rubber stamps. I really enjoy working with these stamps, partly because they are beautifully designed, deeply etched rubber; partly because many of the images started out as photos Marie takes right here in Albany.

I am contemplating adding some tabs to the right, but am just going to leave it be, and look at it, for a day.

I don't often explain my art, after all, art is what you see. But as I was playing with this one I was looking at the bare leafed tree - with just a hint that is would be new, and the peace message below - a little like a war memorial. I had been teaching the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in one class at school, and in another, the Vietnam war. This woman (Queen of Spades?) seems to be a little bit orienatal. With so much racism being expressed, I wanted to express hope for peace and forgiveness; for a new day, like those I see around me this spring.


Dotee said...

This is lovely Julie. And I liked your explanation of this serene image. The colors flow beautifully. It is very peaceful, and calm.

I have not bought any of Marie's stamps but the ones I have seen used are beautiful. And, how lovely that she uses images of Albany as a starting point for her designs.

And , what a perfect pre Art Journey retreat art exchange!

Saw your last comment on my batch of birdie ATC's. One will be winging it's way to you shortly! And, I am so glad you received the wax ATC today.


Dotee xoxo

One Crabapple said...

I still have hope for PEACE

This quilt is great and I can't wait to see what happens next because I know you are if you have not already going to do something else to it....I feel your wheels turning as you write about leaving it for a day.....

Congratulations on your retreat in March !

Doesn't that seem so far away right now?

I know you are excited !

All too soon you will be getting ready to go and thinking where did the time go!?

It will be fun to hear about the retreat and the workshops you take there.

Love, S.