About the artwork
“All Settled In”
Being in and from Montana often connotes strong ties to the land. The wide open spaces, natural landscapes and largely unspoiled environment are great draws for those of us who live here.
This fiber piece reflects my deep ties to the region. Not only the wide open skies, but the non-human natives: plants and animals, give a sense of deep familiarity to the place - a sense of Home. Given this, I am very interested in portraying the native species of Montana as well as the atmosphere here.
I have chosen to illustrate, with acrylic paint, ink, thread sketching and fabric manipulation, common native wild plants (cottonwoods, wild geranium and wild iris) and a very common native Song Sparrow with a nest and egg clutch for my piece, because they evoke strong memories for me, and give a sense of being settled in at home. The nest, sheltered and protected by surrounding vegetation, is a home and refuge for the unhatched eggs.
The surface of this piece is largely constructed of cotton fabric, with some sheer polyester in the iris leaves and geranium flowers. The leaves that come up from the surface are made of layers of fabric fused together and stitched, allowing them to be manually formed into three dimensions. The sparrow was painted on cotton fabric with acrylic paints and acrylic ink, Then appliqued to the surface. Extensive thread sketching and quilting makes up the details in the background trees, iris buds, meadow and stream.