Monday, May 31, 2010

Name This Quilt!


I started making this a long time ago.  I had this pink fabric from a dye gradation that had an area that looked to me like a splash in a pond.  Never mind that it's pink.

So I quilted around it and added some foil and some Angelina scraps.  Around the time I was making this, I took a beading class, so I started adding beads.  I guess I thought I was going to bead the whole thing or something.


I made a couple of frogs á la Christie Friesen to complement the little frogs stenciled on the fabric.  I made some (out of scale) lilypads and flowers for the frogs.  Then I got sick of beading and sick of the pink, so I put it away.

Fast forward to last week.  I have been working on a piece for a show in Beaver Dam, WI -- the "Waves and Water Exhibit"  at the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association.  It wasn't going well and with all the horror happening in the Gulf, I remembered the pink thing.  I had wanted to make a statement about disappearing wetlands and how frogs are the cave-canaries of the marsh.  But short of "Toxic Swamp" or "Marshy Mess," I'm not coming up with much.  Nothing with even a whiff of elegance.  Or at least something that would let it stand on its own.  "In the Pink,"  "In the Drink," "Everybody into the Pool," "Swamp Gas," "Wetland Witness," nah...

I took it to a meeting of Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists.  I had been asking about methods for hanging pieces, but when I set this out and arranged the polymer clay bits, everybody said, "you should display it flat -- just like that."  Apparently there is space for a 3D horizontal work.  Cool.  Now if I can just come up with a title.

12 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

"Wetlands Vanished: Searching For Home"

Just a thought....

XXOO!!
Anne

Karen S said...

I like using "Vanished." Hmmm...

Thanks, Anne!

Jan said...

Hoping and hopping for a new home.
or
Hopping and Hoping for a new home.

okay, pretty lame. I am no good at naming my own quilts, let alone someone else's. I tend to name them whatever comes to mind as I post them.
Love those frogs.

Robbie said...

I thought of 'frogs in space'! Looked more like a plant to me! Nice piece!

Karen M said...

Apparently the river around here used to run this color sometimes, depending on what color the upstream papermills were using at the time. The river looks much better now, but that's only because you can't see the hormones and other medicines that are the current problem.

I really like the idea of displaying this flat.

Sara said...

"Shouldn't water be blue?"

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

How about "Froggie's Got A New Pad"? And no, Sarah, water doesn't need to be blue. LOL!

Trish said...

"Sunset on (something) Pond"

I can't come up with a good name for the pond, but I like the idea that the water's reflecting the blaze of the sky.

Michele at Sweet Leaf said...

After just seeing that news story about the huge sinkhole in Guatemala, the spiral has me thinking about drains and black holes. Vanished works. Pink says tainted. What are we doing to this Earth?

Shirley said...

I think sara was saying 'Shouldn't water be blue?' as a name; I think its a good one.

Anonymous said...

How about Cosmic Froggie

Lin Moon said...

How about something along the lines of "Pink Reflections" or "something Vibrations"?