This is one of my favorite pieces from my Paper Quilts series: colors inspired by rust, lichen and moss growing on the bunkers at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA.
I love combining my passion for quilting with my paper artwork. There is something very satisfying about machine stitching paper: the tiny pop of the needle punching the paper is addictive. Using my sewing machine to create my collages allows me to work quickly and intuitively.
I took inspiration from photos I made while doing an artist residency at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. The bunkers of the old fort are covered in beautiful patinas from rusting and verdigris metals, as well as colorful lichen that have grown over the concrete surfaces. I wanted to pull from these found color palettes, and add in a dash of mid-century modern and microbiology with the shapes I used.
I titled this piece “Hajime (Beginning)” because it feels a little like lava and the fresh green of new growth. Kind of like how I imagine the beginning of the earth, full of hot and cool all at once. Hajime combines monotype printing, collage and stitching. It’s all created with paper, not fabric. There are some elements of my digital photos, too, which I have printed on archival photo paper. The piece is 38″ x 26″ framed, and was purchased as a surprise birthday gift for a friend.
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”ALBERT EINSTEIN
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