I'm working on an image of hands (a pair of dark-skinned hands working on a project with a pair of light-skinned hands) for an upcoming art quilt show centered on a theme of civil rights. I'm using a technique taught by an art quilter named Susan Carlson http://www.susancarlson.com/Welcome.html
The photo of the hands was kindly furnished to me by Dani Abrams, whose mother, Jackie Abrams, owns the hands on the right. Jackie was teaching basket-making in Namibia at the time.
Susan Carlson's technique involves using lots and lots of little teeny-weeny pieces of fabric, holding each one in place with a tiny spot of glue in the center until all the pieces are in place. Here's my initial attempt at that technique:
So I started all over with a second pair of hands. Here's what I have so far.
I'm willing to put in the time because, well, I want this image to be good. It will hang at the Hartford Public Library starting in about mid-December, for a show with a theme of civil rights. It's worth doing right.
You know how they say art is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration? Well.
Persistence. Let's have a big hand for persistence.