Sunday, 13 July 2014

Homestead Pears

Made by Teresa Carole Phillips
Quadra Island, BC
Size:  Approx 14" x 20"

An old pear tree overhanging the beach at an abandoned homestead on an island north of Quadra. 

 Hand dyed cotton fabric, manipulated and redyed several times creates complex layers. Pears hand painted with pigment pencils and textile medium. Free motion quilted with feathers and pebbles.

Crystal Ball - Salmon Circle

Size: 12” x 12”
Made by Teresa Carole Phillips
Quadra Island, BC

For this journal theme ‘Crystal Ball’ I attempted a serious look at the state of wild salmon on the Canadian coast. Some of the problems I see: the federal government laying off fisheries officers and oceanographers; unmitigated habitat loss, overfishing, sport fishing, ocean pollution, river pollution, atlantic salmon farming practices….

Regretfully,  my ghost of salmon future was born, served on a plate of ‘broken dishes’ quilt block pattern.

I sketched a salmon within a circle; a tribute to the ‘salmon circle’ of life. See the song lyrics at the bottom. This used to be a favourite song of mine back in the 80’s and I found myself humming it while working on this piece.

I stitched through my sketch onto the quilt below to create the ghost image, and then picked out the bits of paper.  Apologies for any lack of anatomical correctness.

Here is a close-up:

Song lyrics by Fraser Lang. Great song if you want to listen to a clip you can find it on the internet.

The salmon circle from the sea to the sea
Up the rivers of life endlessly
And they always return to the place they began
For a million years they swam and swam and swam
They swam and swam and swam

Round the rocks in the pool in the river below
They are turning and turning oh so slow
Salmon been here forever in this sacred dance
Round and round they go, its a water romance

From the long slow rhythm of a four year cycle
to the pounding beat of the oceans that are like
a drum that sounds clear across the globe and
it's calling the children, calling them home

Redbacks swimming in the stream
Humpbacks dancing in a dream
Nose to tail they circle round and round
Go back to the spawning grounds

By the taste of the waters they return to the source
Lay down their eggs and feel the life force
Resting safe in the gravel, pass the winter thru
The big fish are dying, but in the spring life renews

Friday, 4 July 2014

Housewarming Bouquet

Size:  24 ½” x 24 ½”

To warm the walls with ever fresh flowers!

This is an original design.  Fused raw edge applique with free motion machine embroidery using Hemmingworth polyester embroidery threads throughout.  Double batting; bottom layer cotton/polyester; top layer Hobbs polyester.  Free motion feather designs with motifs in the background.  Motifs were inspired by wrought iron fence designs.

Here are some close-ups of the background quilting and the embroidery.