Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New and Improved

I had made a quilt some time ago that I liked, but as it sat, I realized that it had a design flaw in the lower right corner. Some on-line artists helped suggest some changes and they were so correct. I hung the quilt on my design wall and worked on it little by little and made and redid the changes until I got them the way I liked them and here is the before and after. The quilt is called "Spread Peace". The text says "Peace on Earth" in many different languages. The idea is that the monk is putting up the prayers and the flags get shredded by the wind and weather and then the prayers get taken up to the gods. Sorry the new photo isn't as crisp as the old one. I forgot to reset my camera to the best setting. I'm getting some good bulbs via the mail and will build two nice stands for them and then will redo all my photos for all my quilts and put them onto my website then.
(I made a prayer flag last week with the words "Recover, Thrive, Soar" and sewed some symbols onto it and hung it in my back yard for the friends and acquaintances I know who are ill.) I'm linking this post to a wonderful blog with posts from all sorts of interesting art quilters. Please visit it and make comments on their posts. http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/
old version

Spread Peace(final version)

14 comments:

  1. I like the new version, Regina!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks, Judy. The flaw seems so clear to me now, but I just did not see it when I first thought it was finished.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is so much nicer. The figure looks grounded now. Congratulations on a good save!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Sande. Much of the save was due to your suggestions. Now I'm looking forward to monoprinting a whole bunch of background fabric similar to the ones on the prayer flag quilt for a series with rock cairns to continue with my body of work.

      Delete
  4. Hi, Regina. Lovely piece. I like the backgrounds you've used--very subtle and pieceful/peaceful.
    best, nadia

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Nadia. I like your play on words. I'm using those backgrounds and monoprinting more to create a body of work. I've found that I really identify with them.

      Delete
  5. Lovely piece and peace. I've made a number of peace or prayer flags and love the concept that as they shred in the elements, their energy goes out into the world. I also like the fact that the monk is anonymous, and could be "Every Man" who is out there quietly doing good for the planet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like your comment about the monk. Good point.

      Delete
  6. the new version does create some interest. very nice art quilt.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love this prayer flag quilt! The improvement is right on. I have wanted to try my hand at prayer flag making but just haven't go to it. Probablly to much time spend reading blogs, I guess ( but I do so enjoy)

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I have 2 dogs and a cat so have to keep all my pincushions out of reach as well.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love your quilt...the change does work better. I have a connection with prayer flags myself... visit my group flag project- www.bhavanaproject.com
    Great to see such a growing community around flags and expression.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks. I got connected to prayer flags when I visited Tibet and Nepal in 1984 and have loved the idea ever since then. I intend to make more quilts with the theme in the future.

      Delete
  9. Placing the monk in the middle of the prayer flag string helps anchor the piece. Such a simple, but dramatic change.

    ReplyDelete
  10. The new version works very well. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete

Your comment is appreciated and will be posted after it is approved.