the Garden of the Night Music" - ©1990
I thought that I would post pics of this piece since Vivika psoted a blog today about Japanese indigo fabrics, and mentioned Kasuri Dye Works, a terrific Japanese fabric store that used to be in Berkeley, CA, USA. Many of the pieces of fabric in this art quilt are from that store.
As an avid gardener, it is often
frustrating not to have all of the elements of design in place at one time in a
real garden. No matter how carefully you plan a border, not all of the flowers
of the same type will bloom at the same time. In this imaginary garden, I have
total control over all of the petals and foliage. They do exactly what I want
them to do, but then they never change. They always look the same, but there’s
nothing to anticipate. Alas, I guess I can't have it both ways.
In this piece, the image is of a garden
that incorporates a lot of ideas I wish I could really have in my yard. The
pipes spew forth bubbles. If you were to hold out your hands, and let the
bubbles shift between your wiggling fingers, you would hear gentle laughter.
If, however, you caught one of the larger balls, you'd be in for a real
surprise. As you'd roll the ball around in your cupped palms, the facets would
turn and refract the light in hundreds of patterns. Even more amazing would be
the sound coming from the sphere. The melodious strains that would fall on your
ears would be the sound of your own personal music. Depending on your current
mood, one day you might hear a delicate concerto, while another time might
bring a full blown opera. If you were to give up your treasured ball, and hand
it to another, the symphony would instantly change to mirror the new person's
inner sounds. Too bad I can't actually make this garden live, except in cloth.
The sounds would be much more interesting that the usual frogs and crickets I
To see this piece, along with other garden
art quilts, check out the book, Fabric Gardens, Osaka, Japan;