I come up with ideas in the strangest places, at the most unlikely times.
|“Saffron in the Park” (cotton, wool felt,
corduroy, yarn, twine, embroidery
thread; hand and fused raw-edge
applique´, couched, machine quilted, hand
embroidered, hand tied, 60×24) by
Cindy Cooksey. "Pin" this to your mixed-media
art board on Pinterest.
It’s not unheard of for me to pull over on the side of the road to jot down a thought that begs for action, an unexpected gift from a muse, if you will. Sometimes while reading, a single word will give me a physical reaction—I must incorporate this into my next project, I think. And often, a suggested prompt is the catalyst.
In the exhibition “Reflections” from the Dinner at Eight Artists (Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jennison), fabric artists were challenged “to look inside themselves to create a deeper, more emotional interpretation of what ‘Reflections’ meant to them.” The prompt:
“Consider the following:
A mirror image.
A response to a thought or word. A memory.
What glints back at us as we gaze upon the water.
The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it.
What will your reflection reveal about you?”
A handful of the featured works were included in a recent issue of Quilting Arts magazine, including “Saffron in the Park,” by Cindy Cooksey. “Although I never saw ‘The Gates’ in Central Park in person, I remember being captivated by the idea of them, and the reflections of them still shimmer in my mind,” says Cindy. “Christo and Jeanne-Claude were the artists behind this remarkable temporary art installation that consisted of 7,503 gates, 16 feet high, with saffron fabric, placed on 23 miles of footpaths and were taken down after only 16 days. My friends Becky Milano and Rose Hughes each gave me seeds of inspiration: photos taken on February 19, 2005, and a swatch of ‘Gates’ fabric.”
|"Saffron in the Park," detail|
Between Cindy’s vision and the lyrical expression of the exhibition’s initial call for entries, I’m left in awe. With each issue, Quilting Arts offers both inspiration such as this and instruction for fabric artists. Look closely at the detail of “Saffron in the Park,” shown here. You’ll be left with an even greater appreciation for the technical skill that went into this piece.