Thursday 22 February 2024
Wednesday 21 February 2024
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Tuesday 20 February 2024
I've started Windrush 4 - George Saunders. The portrait is stitched and painted and am just starting to do the hands. All quilts to date for the exhibition can be seen together on www.annabelrainbow.co.uk (click the links on the header bar)
Saturday 3 February 2024
Using the samplers in the museum as inspiration, I've been creating a number of Momento Mori pieces which reflect the prayers so carefully stitched on them by such young hands.
Number 3 in the series is called Ritual, and is based on responses to death in rituals and beliefs across many different cultures. These rituals are concerned with explanation, validation and integrations into other peoples views.
The Quilt follows practices and symbols across many layers of history. There is much to do, but the elements have been pieced together, and I have begun the initial work on the chains, hands, insets, and have begun to add the images of various and significant objects. I'm currently working on ancient China (bronze vessels) and Egypt (Sacred Ibis). Stay tuned for another update soon.
Tuesday 9 January 2024
Thursday 4 January 2024
Inspiration is such a fickle thing! Sometimes you don't have any and other times it's running out your ears. I'm in a "running-out-your-ears" situation at the moment which is quite alarming but also heartening. Yippeee!
This morning I did the first trip of the year to Compton Verney Art Gallery. One of the current exhibitions is about Making History. It's a collection of crafts contemporary and historical. The following 3 pieces have inspired me to add to the Momento Mori pieces for the 2025 exhibition at Leamington.
I'm interested in ideas about Heaven, and the idea of an afterlife. I've been trying to imagine something which might be heavenly that doesn't have origins in earthly thought, and can't which is obvious I guess but also interesting. Also interesting are cliches such as One Man's Heaven is Another Man's Hell, and there Aint No Pockets In Shrouds. My minds eye has seen a way forward but I need to go and do some research before anything else. So, Windrush is on hold for a bit while I do that.
Back soon, thanks for reading.
Sunday 31 December 2023
OK not for another year which is why the blog and social media hasn't really cranked up yet, but we are here and will still be posting!!
We'll be here in full force shortly, so do follow or bookmark the page to find out what's going on and how the pieces are being made.