Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New Work

29" x 29 1/2"

This work is about renewal of the landscape after bush fires, and, perhaps, renewal on a more personal level after trauma.

I'm particularly pleased with how this came out as it was a product of just plowing on in the face of artist's block.

The central motif is a panel of inked-stamped trees on hand painted cotton. I cut the stamps and completed this bit last winter while Victoria, Australia was suffering from horrific bush fires. We visited there in April and had the opportunity of seeing the bright green leaves practically jumping off the eucalyptus limbs and the trunks themselves in a vigorous affirmation of regeneration.

The strata piecing was created more recently and quite independently in an attempt to move out of a rut. Strata piecing is familiar and satisfying, especially if I don't have a goal in mind. It allows me to play with color and texture rather instinctually.

The two works happened to be pinned to my design wall at the same time. Voila! The strata was reassembled with the panel pieced into it.

The stitching on the strata is free-motion quilting with neon green, signifying new growth, whilst the trees are hand stitched with seed stitches using hand-dyed thread.


  1. Well Done, Diane! The two merged beautifully into one... can't wait to see it in person.


  2. Love it! The little spring buds on the center trees really gives a sense of renewal. And the stripes surrounding the center remind me of all the colors that leaves go through in their "lifetime" from spring to fall. Great work!

  3. Wow, that came together just beautifully! I love you your tree print, it transcends so many settings!

  4. The strata piecing is lustrous, reminds me of alabaster. Beautiful work!

  5. I especially love the central panel -- what a masterpiece! You must have taken great pains to cut that stamp so beautifully -- the end result is wonderfully ethereal. Gorgeous!


  6. Diane, it's beautiful. The strata background really sets off the inner tree scene so well. And the purple is perfect.

  7. I love this, Diane. That center piece is terrific and I love the hand work and the quilting,