Artwork by Romy Tittel
48" x 72" ©2011
I am finally getting started on this project which has been percolating through my mind now for several years. It started with the idea of capturing the movement of a Native Indian dancer with the lovely swirling fringes and the colour. Wanting to capture the fabric, bead work and feathers made the decision easy for it to be a quilt of some kind. During the incubation period of this project, I came across a magazine highlighting the new, innovative quilting being done out there. Many of which were more like paintings than quilts. Thus the idea of combining both the quilt and the format of a painting gelled.
It had to be life-size; you know I like to build big. The many layers, literally and figuratively required to achieve my vision made this project really exciting for me. I am not interested in make work projects for myself; I am interested in making art.
I have also never been able to focus in on one type of art media. The use of fabrics, beads, feathers, threads all thrill me. I also can see many subjects in this format. I can also see it applying to doing the Masai with their gorgeous bead work and dancing movements, their beautiful faces and energy and strength. Dan Hall asked me today how long I had been interested in Indian art and I said for quite a while. I had already taken a beading course way back when. I am also very interested in the geometric designs in crop circles that can be incorporated into the bead work. The cosmic connection to Indian motifs also resonates with me. There is also this strong spiritual component to all of this. I really appreciate it when an art piece reflects so many facets back to me.
Of course, it seems the easy part is formulating the image in my mindâ€™s eye. The hard part is de-constructing it and finding the components to build it back up. I am very pleased to already find myself collecting the necessary bits and pieces to achieve my vision.
I am going to go out on a limb and voice the tingle I am feeling as I start this piece. I really believe this can turn into something awesome, therefore I felt it was wise of me to make notes along the way and to do a photo documentation of the process.
Quilt painting, mixed media.