X’s & O’s in progress

This series is inspired by the crossbeams of the Ben Franklin Bridge and optical illusions I saw at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia Pa. 

The idea is simple.   The design is all about exploring the X and O shapes.  I was surprised by all of the options! 

“Cellular”

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2010

“16” x 17.5”

This is a smaller piece I made for experimentation.  It’s the baby to Untitled (below).

I really enjoyed working with such simplicity.

Blue: low water immersion dyed.  Black and white: commercial cotton. 

Quilted in matching rayon thread.  Hand stitching: embroidery thread.

“Whirls”

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2010/2011

Still working on this piece.

Studying the way Optical illusions work, I attempted to create a spinning illusion. 

These individual circles were a technical feat!  It took several attempts to get the individual squares lined up correctly.  The piece is almost finished.  I am attaching layers of rope behind each circle make the piece three dimensional and hand sewing black cotton around the edges to hide the rope.  Next is figuring a practical way to hang it.

“Bulls Eye”

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2010/2011

Still stitching!  This is my first entirely hand made quilt, including the piecing.  I work on this mostly at shows or watching a movie.

 

 

Untitled

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2010/2011

On the same thread of “Cellular” but using a very different technique.  These are all individual pieces using a freezer paper method.  I’m not happy with some of the construction results so a lot of hand sewing is to follow.

Blue: Low water immersion cotton.  Red: silk.  Black and white: Commercial cotton.

Quilted with matching rayon thread with exception to silver on the red.

“Tribal”

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2010/2011

Still in progress.

This quilt utilizes reverse applique, which means the design is sewn on several layers of fabric.  Then each shape is cut away revealing the layers underneath.

I began couching my favorite yarn, a multi color with metallic threads, around the edges of the revealed shapes.

All artwork, images and text © 2011 Barbara Zuazua. 
Please contact me for permission to use.

 

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6 responses to “X’s & O’s in progress

  1. Wow Barb! I didn’t realize how much you have been doing- I am AMAZED by all the beautiful things you have created! You are truly talented. 🙂

  2. Your work is amazing! The untitled quilt is excellent, it drew my attention immediately and pulled me in. It really reminds me of a cell. Wow. You have a wonderful range of products, I am sure you are going to succeed. I loved your dolls too. they are beautiful with an other worldly appeal. Great work!

  3. Hey Mommy 🙂
    Everything looks WONDERFUL! I am so proud! I wanted to let you know that the pictures from “Bulls Eye” down on this page are too close to the captions in relation to the other pictures. I know how hard you worked on this, so I thought I’d let you know. I love you so much – and I think you should send me a bunch of business cards so I can spread them!
    :* xoxoxoxo

    • Thanks Sweetie! I will check this out. I had a bunch of pages go “wonky” on me when I had the Go Daddy to WordPress switch. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll have to go and check everything out.
      XO!
      Mommy

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