Friday, August 22, 2014

Exhibit - September & October

Time of Day:  Art Quilts by Elizabeth Sylvan

September 2 – October 30
8 am – 4:30 pm
Amherst Town Hall
4 Boltwood Avenue
Artist's Reception:  Thursday, September 4, 5-8 pm

Gentle dawns and sultry sunlit afternoons catch viewers unawares, drawing them into the present moment and providing respite from busy minds.  Reflecting different moods and times of day, these landscapes and flowers range from the pale stillness of early morning to the passionate rich blues of evening. 

My one-of-a-kind art quilts are intended to delight the eye and quiet the mind while exploring value, color, and natural themes.  An art quilter for 17 years, I use fiber to capture that moment of solitude when the observer feels connected to the world.  My small wall-hangings recall universal images and symbols:  the sun, moon, mountains, birds, trees, seasons and water, mixed with a touch of the whimsical.  I use raw edge applique, and have also been known to use found and recycled items such as driftwood, dryer sheets, and the foil wrappers from gold chocolate coins!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Autumn Sunrise With Birds is done!

So, the autumn sunrise with birds quilt is finally done.  This has definitely been one of those projects that runs away with you.  Once the quilt develops a mind of its own, there’s not much to do but follow its lead.  With this one, the stitching just seemed to go on forever.  On top of that, I always spend too much energy worrying about whether a commission will meet the expectations of the client.  That makes it harder to work on it as it gets closer to being finished.  But, tackling one small section at a time seems to have finally done the trick, and I’m happy with the results!  I’m especially fond of the juncos and the foreground – time to go shopping and replenish my supply of leafy browns and greens!