Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Earth Sentinelle


Here she is! Earth  Sentinelle in earth colours (the Australian outback is always depicted in reddish colours) sporting  kangaroo paw as her decoration because the shape of the flower is so distinctive and kind of strange and very Australian ( it was discovered by  french Botanist Jacques-Julian Houton de Labillardiere in 1792  in South  Western Australia)

I wasn't expecting to make another sentinelle- but here she is ready to be photographed for the catalogue I am making- she is really the most Australian one together with the ochre one, and I am surprised she just kind of came from nowhere as if to remind me  what it was, I was trying to say when I embarked on this sentinelle journey.I was trying to make sense of the place where I find myself as well as  express my concerns about environment and  the world. Everything just came together as well-I used the last of my gold ink, the last of my iridescent blue ink,  in each case there was not a smidgen left over, the last of  my bobbin fill, the last of the thread for the quilting on the outside which did run out but serendipitously I had another cob of  thread in which one of the variegating colours was the same so you can barely see the difference, my machine behaved beautifully- I often run two machine embroidery threads through the top of my machine and it does create some tension problems- this time I forgot to put my feed dogs down and wonder whether that might be the reason for the better behaviour. I think of her as Lady Serendipity- doing the work and other happy accidents do happen.






6 comments:

Monique 78 said...

It's so beautiful! I wonder if you happen to rest...!

Shirley Goodwin said...

This sentinelle is lovely, Dijanne - the rich red-brown background colour is quite similar to my Travellers' Blanket.

Wax Beach Artist said...

She is wonderful! So rich in color and with such a great save the earth story to tell. Since you have used up your paints are you going to do a new series or continue with the sentinels? Either way I can't wait to see what you do next!

marja-leena said...

I love all your sentinelles, and this one is the very best, to me! Perhaps it's the colour of Australia, as you say. It is wonderful when one's work seems to come forth naturally and serendipitously in so many ways, congratulations, Dijanne!

Bizarre Quilter said...

Ah, serendipity.... she was just Meant To Be.

Anonymous said...

Het nieuws over Celeste vind ik prachtig. ann vanherle