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« on: April 17, 2011 04:43:59 AM »

 I have recently put a piece in to an art exhibition called "Goddess - the she within we"  at Gallery 96 in Stratford.  It is in a factory that has been converted into studios, an art gallery and art class space. I had gone to the Toronto Design show and seen this amazing art quilt that was 15 feet high and 20 feet across with large squares barely attached together.  I really liked how fragile it was and wanted to try something using a similar technique.


So I began to think about themes I wanted to explore and I had found that something that I am grappling with personally is my ability to make children or rather more importantly my inability to do so.  I am still going for tests and stuff so it isn't ruled out, but I have a lot of mixed feelings about it.  I found that the image of Venus of Willendorf was a perfect fit for me.  She was supposed to be a Goddess of Fertility, she was originally so small you could fit her in the palm of your hand. She was something that the nomads who worshipped her could take from place to place in their pocket or satchel.  (In one PBS special I watched about her, she was also likened to early pornography, but that doesn't have anything to do with my art piece.. just an interesting fact) As Fertility was so difficult in those times people praised the ability to have large child bearing hips, breasts that were full of milk to feed the children, and a healthy vulva ( sorry to be vulgar, but that is what she is all about) The irony really isn't lost on me that she is - to us- an obese woman.  My own obesity is one of the reasons I am having difficulty with my own fertility.


The other thing that I got me on to doing this project was the idea of a prayer quilt. As I began to work on it, not really knowing how exactly it was going to pan out I kept thinking about churches that do Prayer quilts. Usually it is for another person, so that they can feel the prayers of someone else when they use it to keep warm. I felt like this piece was a bit of a selfish prayer for myself in comparison to the original idea of the prayer quilt.  However the more I worked on it, the more a lot of different feelings began to come out and I realized that it was important that the piece didn't look perfect, that there were some places that were barely holding on, that were very loose because I too, feel that fragile.



So I entitled the piece "A loose Prayer" and that is why.

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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2011 04:56:39 AM »

A wonderful piece. Thank you for sharing the story behind it. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2011 05:23:24 AM »

Beautiful story and gorgeous piece of art! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2011 05:38:28 AM »

Very moving piece!  You will be in my prayers.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2011 06:19:38 AM »

sorry i missed this one...


its a lovely piece and a very personal story. thanks for sharing. and good luck. infertility can be a real b****.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011 07:01:58 AM »

It's a lovely piece. I love the fragility of it, especially given the backstory. The goddess is very clearly there.

(Good luck on your quest to have your own children.)
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2011 07:53:20 AM »

Thank you for sharing the prayer quilt and the story behind it.  It helped me to read it.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2011 10:52:18 AM »

Lovely piece! May I ask what the squares are made out of and how you attached them together?
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2011 05:49:52 PM »

The squares are made of Solid Kona Cotton and I sewed them together quite precariously!  I sewed each row horizontally first - placing a 1/2 inch square on the sewing machine, put two stitches into the square, then added another piece. It was pretty slow going and a bit hap hazard, so when I did the vertical rows I pinned them to some tracing paper so that they were slightly more aligned ( which I then later very carefully tore away). But as I said in the post it wasn't really about being perfect. I think if I had started on paper and pinned each one ( yeah right..) they would be straighter, but again that wasn't really the point.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2011 07:19:01 PM »

I've been thinking what an amazing windowshade this technique would make for my craft room, if only I could think of or find an image that's simple enough to do. (Yours is WAY out of my league.) Thanks for sharing the mechanics.

(You've crossed my mind several times today, and I've been praying for you....)
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2011 07:21:54 PM »

Thank you for the info, and again, I think it's lovely.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2011 07:47:12 PM »

this is awesome.  I love how creating something can help us to work through our feelings, and in the process learn something about ourselves, and result in something beautiful. I hope everything turns out wonderfully for you! best of luck. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2011 10:05:43 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2011 02:43:20 PM »

It's beautiful! I also love the Venus of Willendorf. She's the first thing I remember seeing that was created by our ancient ancestors (I was 4 or 5). I love the technique you used, and I'm so glad you chose to share your story with us *HUG*
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2011 12:03:39 AM »

This is what art is all about. We work through our own worldview and help others do the same. Thanks for sharing your work and story.  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2011 05:23:05 AM »

Thank you for sharing this. I know the story well, so yours really touched me. Plus, your art is wonderful. Perfect.
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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2011 11:24:16 AM »

This is amazing, very interesting and creative. I remember learning about the Venus of Willendorf in my Art History classes and she has always stuck with me. I'm a fairly new quilter and I love pieces that look pixelated. Thank you for sharing your story behind the piece with us.

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« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2011 02:42:37 PM »

This is amazingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing something so personal with us! It really made your piece that much more gorgeous. Isn't it funny how we are merely the sum of all our pieces... and that we can never always figure out what all those pieces are?... Well, at least not quickly.) Anyway, I really do love this. It's fragile appearance is so pretty. I like the colour scheme too. I wish you health and good family for your future!
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« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2011 03:08:35 PM »

So beautiful!  Both your piece and the story are very moving.  Smiley
I don't think the idea of the prayer shawl is selfish.  There are many, many women who share your struggle.
And vulva is NOT an obscene word!
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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2011 03:17:56 PM »

Thank you for all of your replies and good wishes... It's nice to know I am not alone in the struggle.. and no I suppose Vulva is not a dirty word.. hahaha..
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« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2011 03:21:19 PM »

I've been thinking what an amazing windowshade this technique would make for my craft room, if only I could think of or find an image that's simple enough to do. (Yours is WAY out of my league.) Thanks for sharing the mechanics.

(You've crossed my mind several times today, and I've been praying for you....)

The piece that I originally saw that was done in a technique similar to this used 1-1/2 inch squares and it was really simple... but huge, he did a deer with antlers I believe. Curtains would be really cool because you can use the space so well, I imagine doing it with larger pieces would make it a bit easier, but it is quite flimsy to work with so you have to be careful.
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This is gorgeous and amazing.  Thanks for sharing the art piece - and more importantly the story behind it. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2011 10:03:57 PM »

I wish I had the words to express how intuitive and amazing this is; it is wonderfully crafted and deeply meaningful! I hope that your journey through life (and craft) brings you the happiness you seek. Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2011 10:27:39 PM »

OMG...I gasped as I scrolled down to the final image!


I too feel an affinity to the 'Venus' and have a mock Venus Of W on my mantle. She resonates.
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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2011 10:41:01 PM »

Lovely art and story.  Good luck and thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2011 04:47:19 AM »

Thank you for the pointers!
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« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2011 02:43:03 PM »

What an amazing piece of art! Wonderful work, and thank you for sharing it. Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2011 04:39:07 PM »

It's a great piece and an interesting technique but a much nicer story. Good luck and you'll be in my thoughts. Peace and good things to you.
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« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2011 11:10:22 AM »

Your story is very touching,and as other crafters have told you ,you'll also be in mine.and with this i left your page.Something told me go back and write: "Maybe you feel fragile like the little squares but I believe you're as strong as the thread that holds them together"
                        Be strong  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2011 05:51:28 AM »

Thank you for sharing your story and your art.  What a gift you have to be able to share your feeling through your art.

I do love this piece and would love to use this technique in my house.  What type of thread did you use?  Is it just regular thread???

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« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2011 08:09:05 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2011 08:04:48 AM »

Beautiful piece and a beautiful message. Thanks for sharing your story with us. <3
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« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2011 01:32:48 PM »

It's beautiful. I hope your prayer will be granted. I'm also struggling with infertility and know how grueling it can be.
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« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2011 05:10:41 AM »

Extremely beautiful and touching. Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2011 05:14:03 PM »

You presented this piece really really well - not showing the whole figure until the end.  When I saw her, I saw myself.  It makes me cry.  I am blessed, even though I am a big goddess woman who struggled with fertility issues nearly 30 years ago.  I have two grown children, so know that there is hope.  I love love love that you created something so beautiful from something society considers ugly.  Thank you for sharing this!
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« Reply #35 on: May 20, 2011 06:13:26 PM »

You presented this piece really really well - not showing the whole figure until the end.  When I saw her, I saw myself.  It makes me cry.  I am blessed, even though I am a big goddess woman who struggled with fertility issues nearly 30 years ago.  I have two grown children, so know that there is hope.  I love love love that you created something so beautiful from something society considers ugly.  Thank you for sharing this!

Thank you for your kind words... I really appreciate it..
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« Reply #36 on: May 24, 2011 05:34:26 AM »

This is really beautiful. Between your story and the comments I almost feel at peace. I too had struggled with infertility and unfortuantly will not be able to have children, and I'm not a religious person, but just the thought of the prayers in it and the comfort of something so fragile is so peaceful. And when it comes to infertility there's nothing wrong with selfish prayers, most people don't understand the toll it really takes on a person. Good luck to you and hopefully your infertility is temporary.
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« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2011 04:46:18 AM »

WOW, all I can say is WOW!
This is the most amazing work of art I have seen in a long time.
I think your personal story that goes with it makes it even more special.
My thoughts and Prayers are with you <3
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« Reply #38 on: May 28, 2011 04:35:29 PM »

this is beautiful! i have never seen a medium like it and i find it very inspiring.
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« Reply #39 on: May 30, 2011 11:17:29 AM »

beautious piece! i love the thought you put into it and what it means to you as well.
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