Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Glass Beach

I had to remove my post since I was told that we were not allowed to post any pictures of the accepted quilts until after the show. That is the normal rule, but we were given permission to post ours. This quilt is called Glass Beach, it is done with paints, inks, discharging techniques, photo transfer and fusible.

The challenge was to create a quilt with the theme of Edges, and whatever that means to us. My quilt is about a place I visited this last summer called Glass Beach. At glass beach years ago, they used to throw the old glass bottles into the ocean. Tons and tons of old, broken bottles went into the sea. The ocean stirred them around a bit and then one day decided to start spitting them out onto shore. In this one small area of beach the sand is mostly comprised of polished glass. The ocean had taken our trash and turned it into a treasure. People come from all over to sit and collect the glass. They make jewelry etc with it and sell it now. When we received the challenge I remembered my jar of glass from glass beach.

The message of my quilt is that tragic events start as pieces of sharp glass that can cut us and cause us to bleed. Time, like the ocean, takes them and tosses them and polishes them until the sharp edges are gone. They can no longer hurt us or make us bleed, we then can store them in a special place in our hearts.

The quilt was accepted to hang at the Long Beach IQA Show this July. It will be with the special display called "Edges". Hope to see you there.


Ann Buckner said...

Celeste, so beautiful, the quilt and the thoughts you have about its meaning.

On my blog I gave you an award. Hope you enjoy it as you deserve it. :)

Ann Buckner said...

I'm chuckling with embarrassment Desiree, calling you Celeste. I had just left her blog and must have been still thinking about her work.

Desiree said...

Thanks Ann, I appreciate your comments and I answer to many names.LOL

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Beautiful quilt, beautiful glass and a beautiful thought.

DEB said...

Congratulations on being accepted into the show!

caseytoussaint said...

This is an incredible piece of work, Desiree! I thought it was a watercolor at first. The inspiration behind it is beautiful - and your quilt illustrates your thoughts clearly without becoming too narrative. Wonderful work!

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