"Angels of Darkness, Angels of Light" – Ó 2005, (30”W x 28.5”T), is based on a vision that I had where I was visited by angels of two kinds, those of dark and those of light. For me, the experience was very profound, as it impressed upon me that there are lessons to be learned from both sides. Having spent a large part of my life hiding from the dark side of me and feeling that I was unlovable, I now embrace the "ugly traits" as just another facet of me.
The actual fabric chosen for this piece helped to determine the image. I found a fabric line of two colorways, one with dark angels, and one with light ones. While much of those fabrics got covered up, you can still see some of those small angels. I decided to make the actual angels much bigger, and they ended up looking like butterflies. Those insects, for me, are some of the happiest creatures in the world, and I love the way that they look in the piece.
As with most of my art quilts, there are countless hundreds of pieces of fabric, lace, and beads on this work. All of the fabric is pinned in place, before any sewing begins. I then observe the work for several weeks to insure that I still like the placement of the fabric pieces, as I hate to rip out. (Cover it up, when at all possible, is my guiding premise.) Sometimes, several bits of fabric fall off and end up on the studio floor as the sewing commences. Rarely do I ever know where the original location was, so the image is constantly evolving. Buttons and beads help to add to the sparkle. I think that I was a crow in another lifetime, as I do love shiny things.
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