Tuesday, March 26, 2013

TRIFID NEBULA

My interpretation of infinity is outer space.  My inspiration was a photo by R. Jay GaBany. (permission granted)
"Unspeakable beauty and unimaginable bedlam can be found together in the Trifid Nebula, also known as M20.  The energetic processes of star formation create not only the colors but the chaos.  The red-glowing gas results from high-energy starlight striking interstellar hydrogen gas.  The dark dust filaments that lace it were created in the atmospheres of cool giant stars and in the debris from supernovae explosions.  Which bright young stars light up the blue reflection nebula is still being investigated.  The light we see today left perhaps 3000 years ago, although the exact distance remains unknown.  Light takes about 50 years to cross M20."

The quilt is several different layers of organzas, some of them jewel encrusted.  The nebula is constructed with hand dyed silk roving.  All is covered with tulle and then cut-out appliques of the jeweled organza in a different color are added and the stitching around them is the quilting.  Last I added more Swarovski crystals.

This is the 3rd quilt in a series of Nebulae I am working on.
The piece measures 19"x32"

Thanks Lisa for a wonderful challenge.
All comments and or critiques are welcome and appreciated.
Cherie

10 comments:

fastfriday said...

A thoughtful and well-crafted interpretation of the challenge. A beautiful piece!

Marilyn Foulke

Louise said...

This is a very interesting piece. Your tools and techniques of interpretation are wonderful. I really enjoy it when someone steps outside of the box to create a one of a kind piece. Love all the texture and interest!

Linda Mac said...

This is beautiful. Great job.

fastfriday said...

Wow! This is better than Hubble photos!

fastfriday said...

Outer space definitely captures the essence of infinity. Great use of materials and technique.

Robert Hartley

Cherie in Del Mar said...

Thank you everyone...I am so in love with everything outer space, especially Nebulae! I am entranced by the ethereal dust clouds in all the wonderful colors...so awe inspiring! I plan to do several in series. Three down...
Cherie

Meena said...

Great interpretation!

CD MacKenzie said...

Cherie, the piece is quite amazing! The use of the jewel-crusted organza was a great idea and works very well for the star-filled sky. The silk roving colors are quite lovely and you have laid the roving out beautifully to create depth and movement.

Tobi said...

You capture the glow and the chaos well in your choice of materials; I found myself looking twice just to check the differences between the photo and your interpretation.

fndlmous said...

this is quite beautiful. what a wonderful interpretation of both the theme and the picture. Well done!
Pat F in winnipeg