Monday, February 1, 2016

Dragonflies at the Pond

Dragonflies at the Pond is one of my entries to the Merging Visons Exhibition.

Dragonflies at the Pond, 31 x 21"

It's based on a poem, Dragonfly at the Pond, by Robert Schinzel.

The background is a piece of cotton sateen that I wrapped on a pole and dyed with turquoise and bronze dye. The gauzy middle is dyed cheesecloth. I thought about transferring a laser copy of a dragonfly with gel medium but changed my mind.

I was encouraged to add lotus flowers to the mix.

And a waterbug. This is what it looked like before I quilted the appliques.

The wings were made by stitching through organza that I misted with water and stuck to Sulky Solvy. When the stitching was complete, I washed the Solvy away with water.

 After I cut out the wings, I stitched them at the top so that would be loose at the bottom.

I added the shadow of the waterbug with fabric marker.

Every April, the Denton Poets’ Assembly teams up with VASTthe Visual Arts Society of Texas, in a collaborative exhibit called “Merging Visions” in celebration of National Poetry Month. 

All poems and artwork are originals created by members of the two groups. Some of the poems are created with the artwork as inspiration, and some are inspirations for the artwork.   

The 9th annual Merging Visions Exhibit will held at the Patterson Appleton Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201. The exhibit will be free and open to the public during regular art center hours, Tuesday-Sunday afternoons. The opening reception -- also free and open to the public -- will be held on April 23rd from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.