Thursday, October 08, 2009

Two More Miniature Grave Rubbing Quilts....One Needs a Title!

(Above: Grave Rubbing Art Quilt. 11 1/4" x 17". Crayon on silk collaged with vintage doily and recycled materials. Hand and free motion embroidery. THIS ONE NEEDS A TITLE! Click on image to enlarge.)

These are the two additional, miniature Grave Rubbing Art Quilts that I did the hand stitching on while traveling. The free motion machine embroidery, buttons, and backing were created once I returned home. For both I used some of the buttons purchased abroad. One is called Skull and Crossbones (which is a bid more morbid than I intended but seems "right"). The other one is "nameless". I know the image looks like "The Angel of Death" but I'd like to entertain some other name.

These art quilts, the hanging chiffon banners of epitaphs, and the Angel in Mourning Series (works on paper) aren't really about DEATH. They are meant to focus on the passing of time, our human desire to leave a mark on earth, and our connection to those who came before us as well as those who will come afterward. This series is meant to investigate the concept of memory, of life, and the time we each have left. I hope the work triggers ideas for more fully engaging every precious day. So....I need some other title for this piece....please help!

(Above: Reverse of the "untitled" Grave Rubbing Series Art Quilt. Click on image to enlarge.)

(Above: Skull and Crossbones, Grave Rubbing Art Quilt Series. 13" x 13 1/2". Crayon on silk collaged with doily and severely light-damaged, recycled fabric; buttons, hand and free-motion machine embroidery. Click on image to enlarge.)

(Above: Skull and Crossbones, reverse. Click on image to enlarge.)


The Gallery at DuPre said...

"Transported Soul" comes to mind. Lee M.

Sue Krekorian said...

Memento mori?

Ruth said...

I found a site with all kinds of angel names and explanations of their names/meanings.

I suggest Ezekiel (angel of death and transformation), Israfil (angel of judgement day) or Ramiel (angel of thunder).

Or perhaps just "Judgement Day".

Aussie Jo said...

Lots of great suggestions already!
How about Heaven or hell?
Heaven awaits
Seraph or Satan

Dawn said...

You know, the face looks like my Aunt Ethel when she was upset at Uncle Homer. I think it is the jaw and the way you've stitched around the eyes. The quote: 'hell hath no fury...' comes to mind. Or Here Comes Ethel.... I hope that's not to flippant. I adore my aunt and uncle -- but they were pips.

I adore the buttons too. How many did you buy so that you could outline the whole thing with the same button design. Amazing!


Kathi said...

"Your Invited"

Truly love your grave rubbings...feel inspired to find some myself.

Margeeth said...

This is probably too obvious, but because you want to express the passing of time and because the skull has wings:

"Time flies"

Susan Lenz said...

Hi Everyone!
These are GREAT title recommendations. I also asked for a title on Facebook and got:
"Wings and Lace"
"Gilded Lace""
"Greatfully Dead"
"Angel of Mercy"
"Light Headed"

I plan on using using this collection of titles for several upcoming pieces in the series!
Thanks to everyone!
Also, the grave rubbing quilt pictured with this post is to be called.....drum roll please!...."GREATFULLY DEAD"....Thank you Margaret!