Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Exhibition of work
10 Wellington Street
Cambridge CB1 1HW
Claire Rudin and Sandra Scott
Paintings, Batik, Textiles and Mixed Media
Preview of our new exhibition on
6 June 2014 18.30pm - 21.00pm
Gallery open for visitors
Children's activities in the top floor Café
7 June 2014 11.00am - 4pm
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Young woman with the Rams Horn - Painting a portrait part 2
This is the second video in my project which demonstrates how I sometimes create a quilt from an idea in my sketch pad to fabric and finally to the machine for quilting. It shows how I used the first painting as a template to develop the design. Using tracing paper, I add details to the figure and background. For my background I have used a commercially printed fabric instead of my own hand dyed cottons.
I have always been inspired by the work of Gustave Klimt and in this piece I have incorporated elements inspired by the background pattern used in his works Expectations and Fulfilment. I realised that these patterns are similar to the Rams horn symbol used in Ghana and other regions of Africa. The Rams horn is a symbol of Humility, Excellence, Wisdom and Knowledge as mentioned in The book The Royal Arts of Africa by Suzanne Preston Blier. I combined these elements and the final result can be seen below.
The completed quilt shows a female whose facial expression quietly displays the qualities of the Rams Horn symbol tattooed on her neck. Her hair evolves into a crown like halo which elevates her to a saintly presence.