Friday, November 29, 2013
The quilt is my fable of the butterfly's life cycle with a moral. The leaf, leaf with eggs, the eaten leaf that feeds the caterpillar, Chrysallis and emerging butterfly. The circle represents the world and the bar code is to count blessings!
It was designed in Make the Cut software. A circle and bar code were Boolean joined. Node editing from lines into curves provides a path for caterpillar to transform into a butterfly. It was cut with my electronic cutter and free motion quilted.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
When I started doing research on Monarch butterflies, I became fascinated by the Monarch caterpillars, with their striking yellow, black and white stripes to warn predators away, and the fact that they tasted terrible, due to their diet of milkweed.
But, I could find no myths about the caterpillars! So I resorted to the Alice in Wonderland fable that featured an arrogant pompous caterpillar. I changed him to a Monarch caterpillar, and it was all fun from there!
I have enjoyed seeing the Monarchs by the thousands, migrating in Florida, and I love watching them on the butterfly bush by the window in my sewing room. But now, I will also watch for the brightly colored caterpillars.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Challenge Hostess: Marilyn Wall
Title: Butterflies Are Free
Theme: Butterflies and Myth
Due date: Nov. 30, 2013
Butterflies have inspired mankind for ages, not just for their beauty but also as spiritual beings, symbolic of metamorphosis, rebirth, love, hope, and freedom.
I have had a love affair with butterflies that covers the last fifty years of my life. I began planting a butterfly garden and following their grown with photography. I have art work of butterflies and often produce art work of my own with butterflies as my theme.
My challenge for this month is to read about the myths that span centuries. These myths are prevalent in almost every society in the world. Each culture has their own adaptation; in some the meanings are the same, some are totally different. This challenge can be represented in a realistic or abstract manner. Please post your myth along with the fiber piece. Don’t forget, it doesn’t have to be two dimensional. How about a doll or a piece of jewelry?
Mary Alice Monroe’s book Butterflies’ Daughter was the catalyst for my interest in butterfly mythology. I had heard about many of the butterfly myths but never explored their meanings. Her blog post below gives you one idea of these myths and the special meaning to her.
Return of the Monarchs, Marilyn Wall, 30” x 40”
The local people of Angangueo, Mexico have long believed that monarchs are the returning spirits of their deceased relatives, mysteriously arriving at the same time each year, coinciding with the Day of the Dead. Aztec tradition holds that the souls of the departed will return as hummingbirds and butterflies, this link between myth and the monarchs’ annual return spans centuries.
Myth and Mystery in Mexico’s Monarch Kingdom:
Delaware / Lenape - How the Butterfly Came to Be:
Psyche is used also as the word for “butterfly” in Greek:
Maraleen Manos-Jones has a book entitled “ The Spirit of Butterflies: Myth, Magic, and Art”
Butterfly and Moth Symbolism List
Some interesting images: http://www.theenchantedgallery.com/molds.html
Goddesses Fly Again: Butterfly Images in Mexican Myth and Textiles:
And one more thing – have fun with this!
Maybe it's a bit lame to be posting this piece from the last challenge right before I put up the next challenge, but anyway, here it is!
I can't even claim that it is all that cubist, but I went rather freer in my cutting than I usually do, instead of following shapes in the fabric. I added the dark fabric behind each of the planters to give them greater definition.
The flowers, especially side ones, seemed not to stand out from the sky that well, so I used a bit of foiling around the edges.
I like it as a piece in itself, but not necessarily as really fulfilling the challenge. Your comments are welcome.