Wednesday 28 May 2014

Exhibition of work in Cambridge Gallery

Exhibition of work

   Make Gallery
10 Wellington Street
Cambridge CB1 1HW

Exhibiting artists

      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 CafĂ©
       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.

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