The design was based on Greek architectural elements and is constructed out of a variety of gold apparel fabrics (the background is cotton). I used cutaway trapunto to make the gold elements stand out and give the quilt dimension. The background quilting is done with metallic silk thread as well as regular threads. I love the curviness and sweeping arcs in the central design and tried to echo those in the quilting. It's finished off with gold piping and a black and white binding that matches the quilt background.
I named the quilt "Taming the Gorgons" because the large sprouting feathers at the top reminded me of a calm, civilized version of the snake haired Medusa, one of the three monstrous Gorgon sisters of Greek myth.
I love the sparkly shiny nature of the gold apparel fabrics, for more on how I work with them, you can check out my previous posts. Just keep your fingers crossed that it gets accepted into the show!
|Taming the Gorgons, c. Shannon Conley 2013, 18" x 24"|
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