I thought I might have to pass on this one. I've never been to Africa, never felt a particular interest in it, never given it any thought. Then I remembered that I have read and enjoyed a number of books from the series written by Alexander McCall Smith, set in Botswana. He portrays the Batswana as peaceful, polite, gentle and perfectly charming.
See those Botswana diamonds? They aren't really. They are swarovski crystals. I did, however, find a few fine specimens of Botswana agate (found nowhere else in the world) in my gem/mineral collection and hope to work those in somehow.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thank you, Bern, for this palette and for being such a good sport and taking some teasing. Actually, I'm enthusiastic about it and planning to do a respectable job of it!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Challenging Ourselves. It's the big old apple tree that grew in the first backyard I remember. I have a clear memory of a full moon through bare branches. That and the yellow apples brought to mind the Yeats poem "The Song of Wandering Aengus," which accounts for the metallic gold and silver apples.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The topic for this challenge was the Four Elements but I couldn't work out a piece to include all four elements except for a landscape/seascape/thunderstorm sort of piece. Fine ideas, all. I just wasn't in a mood to do any of those. Instead I was in a mood to practice curved improvisational piecing. I was a chemist in a former life and I'm claiming scientific license (instead of artistic license) to adapt the subject to fit my interests. So I found these shiny, metallic fabrics which could be taken to represent four actual earth elements--copper, silver, gold and cobalt. The curvy logs represent the elements as building blocks occurring in veins.
This was intended for the back of the page but I got the shape of it all wrong and didn't notice until it was quilted. I can't claim a learning experience as I have no idea how it happened nor how to prevent it in the future. I should have flipped it once for a mirror image but worked an extra twist into it somehow. I cut stencils from freezer paper and filled in with a paint stick. A quick and easy technique for a simple design to be used only once. I didn't think it was worth doing over as I had the experience and that's all I really care about.
September 15 is the reveal date for this challenge. You may see all the submissions at Challenging Ourselves.