Sheer Vision was created for Vision 2020 curated by Brenda Gael Smith and touring Australia in 2020.
The quilt or wall hanging is 20 inches by 20 inches
I started with an image of my Mum, Betty.
Mum was a wonderful stitcher all her life but in her late eighties was diagnosed with Age Related Macular Degeneration.
This was a devastating blow especially as she was also profoundly deaf. As the condition progressed, Mum became increasingly isolated.
It became that Mum spent hours sitting in the sun with only her thoughts and memories. She always looked to the future and enjoyed visits from friends and family.
I started by painting a portrait of My mum, and no it’s not that great but I knew I was going to overlay it with sheer fabrics.
I then began to cut some hand dyed silk organza flowers and leaves
I loved the hand dyed silk. It didn’t seem to fray, but was very difficult to cut, as it was slippery.
I solved that problem by ironing freezer paper and cutting through both.
Once I had everything laid over the portrait, I began stitching. I had already stitched around the portrait and painted the eyes again to emphasize them.
Here is a close up picture of the finished quilt, with the eyes shining out and the flowers stitched and quilted. I found that further layers of tulle and silk organza helped to deepen the image.
The quilt was selected for Vision 2020 and tours Australia during 2020