Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Growth and the Milky Way quilts

Detail, "New Growth" by Mike Angelo Corsaro, Jr.
In my last blog post I said I wasn't showing quilts from the APWQ show because the brochure said I needed to get permission from each artist first, but no contact info was given on the labels. I threw out my dilemma to the quiltart online forum.

Two members, featured today, said they'd love for me to show their entries on my blog. Quite a few members -- including some rather famous ones -- said I should do the post anyway because if you put your quilts in a show that allows photography you should expect that the photos will be shared online.

"New Growth," 41"x74", by Mike Angelo Corsaro, Jr., Pleasanton, CA,
from The Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off.
Here is the statement sent to me by Mike Angelo Corsaro, Jr., about his spectacular embroidered quilt, "New Growth," which was in The Great Machine Embroidery Stitch-Off exhibit:
I hiked through an area burned by a forest fire and was struck by the contrast around me. Blackened pine trunks reached skyward, ragged and bare, while the ground below teamed with a dense carpet of young grasses, plants, and flowers. I took a wide angle photograph from the ground, looking upward, to emphasize the new growth and to perspectively taper the burned trees off into a bright blue sky. I wanted to create a quilt that gave a view into the mountains I love. There is no real bright side to the wildfires that are a part of life in Central Oregon but this image is a reminder of how life carries on after tragedy.
Mike said the embroidery is his own digitizing and includes 30 separate hoopings and "TONS of HOURS."
"Too Far Away" by Pat Findlay, Winnipeg, from the From Away exhibit.
This Milky Way quilt, "Too Far Away," is by Pat Findlay of Winnipeg, Canada. The beautiful quilting and many, many beads are breathtaking. (Click on it to see the details better.) Pat said the quilting pattern is a triple spiral -- mankind's oldest known religious symbol.

It was in the From Away exhibit by the Fibre Art Network of Canada. For more info on that group go to:

Thanks, Mike and Pat!


fndlmous said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Sherrie. The quilting pattern is actually a triple spiral-mankind's oldest known religious symbol.

Pat f in Winnipeg

Judy Ferguson said...

Wow, wow, wow. Thanks for posting these. Just amazing what can be done with machine embroidery.