Ceci ne sera pas un papillon

by orkaloca marzo 9 art * creazioni * show

(this will not be a butterfly)

In this post I want to show you my quilt "Ceci ne sera pas un papillon", the quilt that has won the "Emotional Impact" award in the Verona quilt contest "Silk roads meet in Verona"
First of all the title is a clear tribute to Magritte's paint "ceci n'est pas une pipe" :)

And here is the full quilt:

When I've read the call for entries I've seen that the theme was at free interpretation, the only true requirements were measures (80x80cm - 31x31inch) and material (at least 30% silk).

After lot of thinking and more thinking, I've decided to do a "concept quilt". The concept is related to the way silk is produced.
Silk come from the silkworm cocoon, that is made from one single long silk filament. When the worm become a butterfly break the cocoon (and the long silk filament) to come out and go away.
Silk producers needs long silk filaments to produce silk threads and fabrics so the cocoon are boiled so, the silkworm die and the full silk filament is safe and usable.
Every silk fiber is a died silkworm.

To show the concept I've taken some silk cocoon (thanks to the Sperimental Silk Station of the University of Milano) and I've sewed them in a batch on the lower left corner of the quilt.
Then I've made some 3D silk moths (I've made the wings with raw wool and net, the body with silk, the antennas with feathers) and I've sewed them to the upper right corner.

The curvy background (green shantung and white taffeta) suggest a flying motion... and this also is a statement because silk moths aren't able to fly.
My moths flies because they aren't alive anymore, they are gosts.

To emphasize the concept I've dropped and sploshed red paint all over the quilt, from the cocoons to the butterfly, in an explosion of blood and death.

A dissonant touch is given by the quilting pattern on the background: feathers, butterflies, flowers. Very bucolic.

With this quilt I wanted to make a statement, may be also to shock, and I think I've succeeded. The first thing my mum said when she saw this quilt was "Is it made by Jack the Ripper?" :p
And the award I've won tells that I was able to shake emotions in the observer.

I'm happy ^_^ and really proud of this quilt, specially if I consider its difficoult birth (I'll write another post about this)

I'd love to hear from you what do you think about it.


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Another ribbon

by orkaloca marzo 8 show

The news came this morning via email.

My quilt titled "ceci ne sera pas un papillon", which had been selected to be in the contest "The silk roads meet in Verona" won the Special Jury Prize for "emotional impact".

Photos will come soon :)


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Verona Textile - locations

by orkaloca febbraio 6 show

Verona, March 8 to 13 .... you already know that there will be the quilt show "silk roads meet in Verona". What is not so well known is that there will be a lot of related events. I should be there at least 3 days :/ !

Here is an overview of scheduled events, at least those I've found surfing internet.
It seems that more details will be posted on the veronatessile site, but it is currently under construction.

Palazzo Forti in the Museum of Modern Art:
• International competition MEET THE STREETS OF SILK IN VERONA
• International exhibition AFGHANISTAN INSPIRATION
• Group exhibition of artists of European textile art COLOR Improvisations

In the
Loggia “Barbaro” - Courtyard of the Court
• Exhibition of contemporary textile art by members of AdMaiora
• Exhibition of works of excellence by members of the National Quilt Italy

In the church of San Giorgetto
• Exhibition of works of members of the Association AdMaiora in partnership with the patchwork association Cuci...verba of Rossano Calabro (Cs)

In Protomoteca and Reading Room of the Public Library
• Exhibition of works of members of patchwork association from Triveneto
• Exhibition of textile works created by secondary school students and exhibition of the tapestry "The rights of children" from Canada
• Exhibition of tapestries, works in silk and textile installations of national and international artists

In the banister of the Cathedral - Duomo di Verona
• Exhibition of artistic chasubles
 

In private exhibition halls of the center
• International textile artists exibitions

In the "camino" room of Juliet's home
• Textile laboratory: each visitor can contribute to the achievement of the "Blanket of Romeo and Juliet" by sewing in first person and using the materials and equipment provided.

Other events:

Sunday, March 13 at 17:00 - Palazzo Forti
Closing ceremony


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Sarà un bello show

by orkaloca gennaio 27 show

Ho ricevuto comunicazione dell'elenco delle ammesse a partecipare allo show di verona "le vie della seta..."
Eccovelo:

Zoppi Simonetta
Bayer Michelle USA
Reford Sandra Canada
Hasegan Miruna Romania
Leherer Natasha USA
Cassani Daniela
Turner Patricia USA
Rosner Joyce USA
Gaspari Francesca
Oliver Maxine USA
Pavan Paola
Teresa Abbate
Di Cera laura
Furbeyre Sophie- Francia
Dell'Aere Silvia
Conconi Ramona
Comand Marialuisa
Puonti Pia
Tavella Marina
Kumpf Brigitte- Germania
De Luca Anna
Lack Phillippa USA
van Baarle Els - Olanda
Shin Yoo Sun
Romagnoli Stefania
Parma Pw Club
Marcolin Italia
Roem Sijtstra
Johanna Sjoukje
Andreasson Ulla
Nola M. Rosaria
Rampazzo Luisa
Carra Daniela

Come vedete ci sono nomi di gran pregio, e bastano questi a farmi dire che sarà uno show forse non grande, ma di sicuro di alto livello.
Io ho fatto un lavoro che mi piace tantissimo, c'ho letteralmente messo l'anima, come faccio spesso, ma non credo di aver molte speranze di vincita.
Se anche non vincerò avrò perso tra grandi nomi.

Per chi volesse visitare lo show i lavori saranno esposti alla Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Palazzo Forti dall' 8 al 13 Marzo 2011.

 


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Verona ARRIVOOOO

by orkaloca gennaio 12 show

Ieri sera ho ricevuto la tanto attesa mail, quella che avrebbe deciso le sorti del quilt che ho sottoposto per l'ammissione al quilt show di Verona dal titolo "le vie della seta si incontrano a verona"

E.... L'han accettato!

Ora devo sbrigarmi a mettergli la targhetta dietro, a far la scatola (gia perchè non può esser piegato, tocca fargli la scatola su misura), ed a spedirlo :)

Sono contenta, mi spiace solo non potervelo ancora far vedere. Pazientate gente pazientate. ^_*

 


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Farfalle nello stomaco

by orkaloca gennaio 10 lavori in corso * show

A Marzo ci sarà, a Verona, un concorso per quilt. Il tema? La seta.
A ottobre e novembre ho lavorato al quilt.
Ad inizio dicembre ho spedito le foto.
Poi è cominciata l'attesa. La comunicazione dei lavori selezionati partecipanti dovrebbe avvenire oggi. E son qua che fremo.
E' solo ora di pranzo, diamogli tempo, ma io smanio.

Intanto per tenermi occupata mi do alla sartoria:

Questo vestito dallo stile retrò è fatto sulla base del modello Burda 7949, con una stoffa che sembra un jeans leggero appena un po' elasticizzato. Non la stoffa migliore ma era l'unica che avevo in casa in un pezzo abbastanza grande.

A me piace, sta venendo bene. Il prossimo passo sarà litigare con la cerniera e la foderatura del corpino. Poi sarà finito. :)

Che ne pensate?


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Concorsi

by orkaloca dicembre 6 show

Per chiunque fosse interessato ecco un elenco di alcuni concorsi cui è possibile partecipare con i quilt :)

Italia

Concorso "Herbarium" - internazionale - bando sul sito di ItaliaInvita e qui

Estero

Svizzera: Concorso "briciole bianche e nere si tuffano nel colore" - bando disponibile qui

Birmingham: QUI

Open European Quilt Championship: Info QUI

Concorso al "carrefour europeen du patchwork": QUI

DesMoines: QUI

Knoxville: QUI

Paducah: QUI

Concorso borse per Paducah: QUI


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are you ready to sin? - the great judge

by orkaloca ottobre 11 show * creazioni

Yesterday, finally, came the long awaited Sunday, I could not wait more to see the craft show in Bergamo, and to see my quilt shown in the "you are ready to sin" show and contest. There were more than 80 quilts :) it was wonderful.

But I've to tell you how all began...  DireFareQuiltare, in collaboration with QuiltItalia, Bernina, Alexandra publishing and other sponsors, organized the national competition "are you ready to sin?". The theme was, guess what, the 7 deadly sins.
The work must be a banner of 15x150cm (about 6x59") and must have specific colours depending on the choosen sin. You could choose sin or ask a random assignment.
I asked for a random sin and I received the fabrics kit for... pride! Dominant colors were blue and purple, and I was really happy, I love these two colours!

So I started with the brainstorming to find a good idea (I love brainstorming) ... First of all I decided that I would do a single scene, not a set of 10 15x15cm blocks, then I ruled out all the classical ideas related to pride, peacocks, feathers and similar ones.
After much consideration, I thought about what is the pride and who is the superb, I would say that superb is the one who place itself above the others and judge them, so I decided to represent the proud, making sure that the observer had not only passive role, but was the object of pride.

Once I had the idea, I had to think about how to realize it.
So I spent a lot of time to study the perspective in order to put my judge in high position respect to the observer. Then I studied highlights and shadows to make sure that, from any point of view the judgmental finger indicates the observer.
I basically tried to recreate the effect of the finger that "follow" you if you walk in front of the quilt. :)
For the musculature I used an atlas of anatomy that I have in my library since I was a little girl, and it was useful at every stage of my life ... from before the high school to university, and even now :)

And so this is how my "the great judge" born, and I'm happy to say that with him I won the 3rd prize in the competition :)
So here is for you, my "The Great Judge"

I would like to show you a photo of the awards ceremony, but the reality is that I don't have them because I left the camera to my husband, but he argues with my camera, so the only image in focus is also the less significant. Sigh: (
Even without pictures these are satisfactions that I'll treasure in my heart and in mind! :) Also because this time I was given the chance to speak and say a few words about my work *_* it was so beautiful!

And now? Now I'm already thinking at the next show :)


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The heaven of fishes

by orkaloca ottobre 5 creazioni * show

Sunday 3 there was the regional Quilting Day in Monza and I was there :)
It's been a tiring but beautiful day, we have sewed, chatted, well eaten, watched demonstrations and even ... sung!

During previous week there was also a quilt show whose theme was "between fantasy and reality" and those who wanted had the opportunity of enter a work. No juries, just a popular vote.
Of course I wanted enter a quilt ... but what to do?
I have excluded all more or less mythological creatures that seems to me too much obvious.
Then the epiphany came while frying some crepes ... I came to think of flying fish. The flying fish exist, of course they do not fly but are able to do long jump out of the water, also 50/60mt of lenght. They are not magic, they simply use physical laws, but to see this thing leaves you enchanted.
So I thought maybe the flying fish, in their paradise, really fly and have real wings. As the butterflies.

Found the subject I had to choose the technique. How to do it? Well, there was an idea in my mind, and so I played :). I realized a black whole cloth, tracing all drawing only with quilting, using cotton and metallic threads.

In my fishes heaven fishes jumps put of the water and fly with butterfly wings.

Here's my "the heaven of (flying) fishes"

a detail:

I must say it was much appreciated by those who have noticed it. Sadly the shaw was on a big room with very poor light so my black quilt "died". The background fishes, that are clearly visible on a good light, in that light condition totally disappeared.  Anyway I've received endless compliments on the quilting and this makes me very happy.

Now the quilt will go on display in Bergamo, I think in the QuiltItalia stand. So I'm going to have three quilts shown in Bergamo: this, the one for the "leaves mushrooms and berries" contest and the one for the "7 sins" competition.

I've to say that on sunday the funniest thing was that all those to whom I was introduced said "ah, but you're so young??"

ghgh


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Walking in Te Palace (Mantova)

by orkaloca settembre 27 show

Friday and Saturday I took part in the Patchwork marathon held in Mantua. The theme was "Passeggiando a Palazzo Te " (walking in Te Palace. Te Palace is a beautiful palace full of frescoes)
The challenge was to sew, in 8 hours, a quilt of 35x35cm, using fabrics supplied by the organization. It was allowed to brig from home models, drawings, equipment, but the work had to be completely done in the 8 hours available, with their fabrics and with their sewing machines (bernina 440QE, never used before).
We was 13 participants, in two groups, one on Friday and one on Saturday, and it was a very beautiful but very stressful experience.
Make a quilt, even small, in 8 hours is not easy, you can not stop thinking about what to do, or to correct errors. Surely you learn to keep on going despite the imperfections, and turn a blind eye if the work is not good as you would like. 8 hours are little time, but hey, this IS a CHALLENGE :)

For my work I have been inspired by a detail of a fresco in the Room of Amore (cupid) and Psyche. There is a gorgon who looks envious Psyche receives a jar full of beauty from Persephone, and I was struck by the intensity of her expression.

I decided to give a special touch to the quilt by creating 3D snakes, well filled with batting on the head, and making them pop out of the quilt where the snake heads protrude. A bit of wire inside the snakes help to keep the heads in the position.

So here's the gorgonic "envious gorgon":

First a photo from a side so you can see at the best the viper 3d effect.
Note the fool eye and hanging tongue? :)

And here he is the most anarchic snake, who want to crawl out of the quilt.
The basic fabric was an hand-dyed green, then I've made the green flakes with an embossing plate (from fiskar) and very old (no kidding they are older than me) crayons.
The tongue is applied under the nose because it was an unplanned last-minute addition, and was too late to open the seams and insert the tongues in a pretty way.

And here is a detail of the face, with their tongues slobbering and rotten tooth: p

I was not particularly pleased about finished quilt. I wanted to do much more, but if not beautiful, at least my work was nice ... the tongues of the snakes are silly :)

But on Saturday evening I get a call from the organizer. She do not say nothing but "it's better if you arrange to be here at the awards ceremony"

So yesterday my husband accompany me till Mantua, where I was awarded ... the third prize:) A basket full of goodies.

Below the award ceremony.
I did not know what to do, where to look... and I was sooo nervous!
You can see the other quilts hanging in the background. The second prize was won by the one on bottom left of mine, the first prize (in my opinion well deserved) was won from the abstract below mine. 

The nice thing was that the jury filled out opinion form for every job.
My report said:
Best for: respect for the theme, originality, content, structure, composition and color, assembly, quilting, borders.
Excellent for: visual and emotional impact, applique design and execution.
The comment was: "The subject is rendered with great expressive force and plastic relevance that enhance the visual impact. The technique show good skill and a vibrant creativity.

I'M VIBRANT! eheh.

And here is the prize ... batting, oilcloth, patterns and kit, clover items, fabrics and even angelina fiber :)

I'm so happy, I've never tought that my work could have a chance to be a winner. I think jurors have been hypnotized by eyes of snakes! Sure! : P


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