Most summers we spend a gloriously peaceful week or two vacationing on the shores of pristine Squam Lake in New Hampshire. When we returned last summer, after a one year hiatus, I truly appreciated the tranquility of the area and the ever-present clean, clear water. It is a joy to lay leisurely on your tummy on a swim dock and peer down at the lake's bottom, with water so clear that you can see the details of every little pebble on the lake floor. So, I decided to honor that privilege in the form of a quilt. Little did I know then, that by the time I got around to making said quilt, we in the Southland would be in the midst of an historic drought! That factor changed my focus, but only slightly. I decided that water purity was no longer quite as important as water PERIOD!
Here is the background for "Preserve and Protect":
I had done some exercises out of Jane Dunnewold's "Complex Cloth" last summer and screenprinted this piece:
The work reminded me so much of our time on Squam that I knew even then that they would be the focus fabrics for "Preserve and Protect".
This afternoon I started playing around with what I had. Here is my first run:
The two blocks at the bottom are inkjet transfers of the photos I took of the pebbles on Squam's floor. My intent here was to go back in and machine quilt mirror images of those fabric blocks directly below each one.
I wasn't sure about that whole idea, so then I rearranged like this:
Naaaaaaaaaaaaah, how about this:
What I'm saying here is not only are we almost out of water, but we are cutting down our trees too. Both are precious and we need to Preserve and Protect. So, that is how Preserve and Protect is looking right now. I'd love to hear your comments...Please???