Hanging this quilt in the window makes uneven layering obvious. An excess of layers often results when you add already quilted sections to other cloth. From Jude at Spirit Cloth, I learned the (now seemingly obvious) technique of cutting some of the thickness away — what she calls ‘managing layers’. Some stitching was sacrificed in the process and I will have to fix that later, but for now, I like how it lets the light through.
Here is a 38-second YouTube video of the cloth I’m working on flapping in the wind during a boat ride this past week. Watch for the moon.
The white bands of stitching were added to the moon’s surface last night. More needs to be done to stop that off-white square from resembling a Triscuit. Triscuits look woven. So was this:
Yesterday, K. and I finished watching the spell-binding first season of ‘True Detective’ — a Louisiana murder mystery with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Holy cow! The sociopath was deviously smart and a worthy opponent of two driven and clever detectives. The creep could do voices, accents, and evade capture for decades. But he also made these very cool pagan-influenced twig and rag and bone sculptures that I just loved (think: Andy Goldsworthy). It was odd to be enamored of the evil character’s creations.
In looking for an image from the show, I came across this: “ruin porn“. I understand the magnetic pull of run down and decrepit structures. In ‘True Detective,’ the central ruin was a former plantation — complete with greying, rotting big house, rickety slave shacks, and an underground fort. These sets were beyond creepy, and yet mesmerizing, proving, I suppose the “ruin porn” article’s point. (For the record, they went overboard with the piles of broken, vacantly-staring dolls. They were not needed to create the ambiance). See add on paragraph below about set design.
My cousin Ginny Mallon (photographer/painter/blogger) has been exploring all kinds of ruination, especially along coastlines. Most recently she photographed Dead Horse Bay, which is in Brooklyn near the Marine Parkway Bridge. Its beach, “Bottle Beach” is so full of garbage from such a long span of time, that it’s considered a ‘living museum of trash’. Inexplicably, her photos of the garbage are gorgeous.
Driving from Newton to Brookline today, I almost stopped to photograph a robust rose bush spilling over with vermilion flowers. It screamed ‘summer’. It was beautiful. This is almost the exact opposite impulse of the one I documented a few weeks back — the desire to shoot pictures of parking lots, guard rails or gas stations, in part to upend a narrow sense of what constitutes ‘beauty’.
I guess I am allowed to feel both urges. This door was captured about a year ago after fabric shopping in Arlington, I think.
Debbie’s comment inspired me to find out who designed the sets for ‘True Detective’. His name is Joshua Walsh and you can read about him here. The ‘vulture’ blog post had this to report: “’He’s the son of a family that ran a funeral home, and he’s an avid hunter and taxidermist — basically, the perfect dude for the job,’ DiGerlando told Vulture.”
I had just commented below that Louisiana itself is a landscape of ruination, and one we’ve seen before in ‘True Blood’ and ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’. It is was no surprise to discover that Walsh also did the set design for ‘Beasts’.
There is the sense, with this Global Warming panel, that I could continue quilting for as long as time permits. The process of ‘connecting up’ some of the lines and colors between rectangles could just go on and on and on. Nevertheless, I think it is nearly done. Down in the studio, I have MANY other sections of this series pieced up and ready for something. Pondering, as I clean downstairs, what will become of them. Maybe some sections will stay very small. Maybe others will be surrounded with white. We’ll see.
Inspiration for the morning: Mary Oliver’s poem “First Snow”. You can read it here.
And to get ‘close to joy’ for two minutes, try viewing this Gaelic song, performed in a gymnasium full of rhythmic kids, who keep a percussive beat going with plastic cups. You’ll love it!
(thank you Mary Ann’s brother for leading me to this amazing video!)
It turns out that if you add the words “Fox News” to a google search for quotes by global warming naysayers, you will greatly expand your catch.
I’ve decided to ‘white wash’ this pieced and appliqued panel with machine-stitched cursive, spelling out some of quotes expressing the view that global warming is a ‘scam’.
Comments such as: “We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth’s benefit.” [Rick Santorum]
On a lighter note, it is windy, cool and suitably spooky here and not a bad night to live in the Boston area.
One of the reasons I like to machine stitch some of the seams on bigger quilts is so that I can cycle through variations and ideas faster. The many phases of a design get lost along the way, and I’ve always thought that was kind of a shame (especially when the ‘best’ version is say, #7, while the finished version is #14!).
If I captured even a fraction of the process it would become clear why a quilt can take so many months to create. And, the hope is that a process that is inherently frustrating will be less so if there is a visual record. What would I learn? We shall see.
Lately I’ve begun to think that I just want to ARRANGE fabric, TAKE A PICTURE, and call it a day. That’s the other extreme… but what IF the product were purely digital?!
In the meantime, here is ‘White House of Privilege’ morphing into something else. The White House has flown elsewhere. To be continued.
I will count this first stab at creating a slide show as a major victory on a day where the computer crashed and my photo uploading developed (new! interesting!) problems.