Larkin Jean Van Horn
Whidbey Island, Washington, USA
OUR LADY OF PEACE
15" x 15"
Fusing, machine quilting, hand embellishing
Materials: Wool felt, hand dyed (by artist) cotton, found objects
I was not a member of QuiltArt at the very beginning, but I joined not long after. Whether on or off topic, there was always something interesting to read in my inbox in the morning. I was a local teacher then, and it was through QuiltArt that I began to venture out of my own back yard for exhibition and teaching opportunities.
One of the lessons I learned here, and have passed on to a lot of students, is this: If it sounds like it might be a good idea, give it a try. At worst you will have learned that you never want to do it again. At best, you might find a whole new way of looking at your art.
"Our Lady of Peace" is one of those experiments. It started with my all time favorite question - what if . . .? In this case: what if I went without batting, and fused directly to a piece of wool felt as the background? The Guadalupe medallion just happened to be on the table at the right moment, and provided the ideal focal point for the piece. It's also a reminder that no matter what the dust up on the list, we always get over it and carry on.