I don't have an April haiku and art piece but I thought I would share a peak of the quilt I made for SAQA's Seasonal Palette exhibit that will premiere in November at the Houston show. They have asked us not to publish until after the exhibit opens but I can show a little sneak preview. Just to give a little background on this exhibit and me . . . I'm new to SAQA, I joined in July of 2011 though I've been quilting for about 20 years, and this exhibit was the first members exhibit I tried to enter. Submission to exhibit was a little unusual. Artists had to submit a portfolio of four quilts, choose a season and explain why, along with an explanation of the technique to be used. They selcected 38 artists out of 147 but I think only 36 will be exhibiting. We had six months to create the artwork which had a size requirement of 32″ x 78″ high. Originally, I chose winter as my season but since so many of the selected artists did as well, about half, many, including myself were reassigned. I got spring! Plus, when writing my artist statement, I decided to write it in haiku. It just seemed to fit. So, my quilt and haiku do have a little to do with April especially with the very early spring we're having here in New Jersey. Today, in fact, I saw my first iris! In April! So, maybe I do have an April haiku, two haiku in fact, and artwork to share.
My technique is simple: I tear fabric into strips and collage it into a painting, then I fuse it down and then finally quilt it. Even though it sounds simple enough, the collaging - the painting of the scene - takes a long time. I use hand dyed fabrics and batiks that I collected for years. Did anyone say fabriholic?
I realize you won't quite get the the first haiku because you can't see the entire quilt but I will post the whole thing in November! Anyway, I hope you enjoy.
The title of the quilt is from one of the haiku:
Tranquil Marsh - Wild Iris
warm golden light
shrugs off the chill of gray
blooms in a tranquil marsh