In the meantime I'm starting an entry for one of our upcoming SAQA regional shows. This is the call for entry:
"Since the dawn of history, humans have used plants and animals to cure the sick, heal wounds, and promote health. Our challenge is to represent one or more of these items, in a representational or abstract way, on a quilt that is 20” wide by 30” tall. You may find inspiration in traditional or modern medicine."
As a scientist, I'm definitely taking the modern medicine route, and my topic is knockout/knockin mice. Studying human diseases in model organisms has revolutionized our understanding of what causes human disease and develop new treatments. Since I work in vision research, my piece is going to feature interpretations of fluorescein angiograms (basically an image of the blood vessels in the back of the eye) from mouse eyes with different blinding human diseases including diabetic retinopathy and macular dystrophy.
These are the angiograms I'm starting with, captured from our mouse eyes in the lab.
|Diabetic Retinopathy Model|
|Macular Dystrophy Model|
Here are the two I've started so far:
Incidentally, this pretty grey/blue fabric is a hand dye my mom made and was nice enough to share (the mottled look is perfect for this).
So have any of you used oil-based paints or enamels on your quilts/fabric art before? What have your experiences been?
Linking up with Nina-Marie as always!