Magical Kingdom 2018
85cm x 100cm
Wholecloth. Ice-dyed Pimatex cotton. Double layer of wool and cotton wadding. Glide thread. Mijuki seed bead embellishment.
Hand-guided free motion quilted on a longarm machine
SAQA Wide Horizons VI 2018 (juried)
24th Carrefour Europeen de Patchwork, France, 2018
A wealth of mystical shapes appeared in a cloth I dyed and begged me to trace them in stitch. Magical Kingdom is a further piece in my series exploring ice-dyed cotton. The Pimatex cotton was initially folded to create a mandala which is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. However the term has come to mean a diagram, chart or geometric pattern to represent a microcosm of the universe.
In this piece of newly dyed fabric I ‘saw’ a microcosm of the inhabitants of the forest. There were butterflies and other creatures living amongst the beautiful foliage.
Magical Kingdom is the first of the larger pieces in my Discoveries series.