Saturday, January 29, 2011

January Beginnings

A journal sized fabric and fibre "quilt" to accompany another attempt at the January Haiku themes of "Beginnings"
I based my work on a photo attributed to Pawel Achtel of a coral reef spawning (coral) polyps to ensure new growth on the reefs.

Tropic seas dreaming
Under full moon coral spawns
Life begins anew.

Measuring 8.5 by 11 inches and in a landscape format, I used Xpandaprint to represent the massed formation of creamy white coral.
(Imagine this as being viewed in the flash of a camera!)
Six strands of DMC embroidery thread and Anchor # 8 crochet thread was employed to add more texture.
The green shadowed coral was (hand) needle felting.

Small sequins and pearl beads were used to represent the coral spawn, but I feel that yet many more need applying to represent the millions of spawn floating on the tide.

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Cherie in Del Mar said...

Maureen, your haiku is lovely and your quilt is stunning! There's so much movement and excitement conveyed. I love them both!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Cherie.
I must admit I didn't achieve the effect that I hoped for.
Maybe "next month"

elljay said...

I think your quilt is stunning as well. And your haiku has much the same sentiment as mine - yours about coral and mine about people.

Martha Dennis said...

I really like your quilt and haiku, Maureen. Despite your saying that you didn't achieve the effect for which you'd hoped, I think the green and white a sense of being underwater and a sort of aliveness, perfect for our beginnings theme.

And you've used even more new techniques for me to explore. *g*