Constellation

rabbit-closeFinally, the air takes on a chill.  Winter isn’t far away when it starts getting dark at 4:00 in the afternoon.  The rabbit constellation resides at Orion’s feet. She is either hunted (by Orion’s dogs), or a wily trickster — perpetually running just ahead of the hunter’s bow across the winter sky.  Visible in February.

rabbit-constellationI used an old star chart for reference… And though I have no real attachment to the story of the rabbit, I like that it IS a story… I like that I stitched on top of a deliberate exercise in obfuscating personal narrative.
white-on-butter(Before). Often a period of reflection is required before finishing a quilt.

15 thoughts on “Constellation

  1. deedeemallon Post author

    a small word, big idea person, you mean. It is a story both ways… something about that spiral we all travel… I act as though I haven’t made quilts that are personal and narrative — and it’s not true. I’ve made quite a few. But I can’t quite put my finger on what it is I am reaching for now. Maybe it’s more about style. Having a style.

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  2. Mo Crow

    Here’s Brett Whiteley’s (an Australian artist who died 11 years ago) advice to the aspiring artist –
    
”aim at virtually whatever is in front of you… 
and then one day you’ll see something that you have truly never seen before 
and that is the beginning of yourself 
& that heralds the beginning of difficult pleasure.”
    http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/difficult-pleasure/clip3/
    (NB Difficult pleasure is how Brett described painting, or creating art: Art is an argument between what a thing looks like and what it means.)
    
These words have helped me find my way through the long dark nights many many times in the past 25 years!

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  3. deedeemallon Post author

    I will follow link, and thank you, as always, Mo. Maybe I will post about this later — but I want to note that the desire for integration that I am feeling, for clearing space and creating more breathing room… is really pretty much about integrating previously-learned machine techniques with hand techniques. How to bring the learning of the last couple of years back down into the cellar, where the machine lives. I am curious. I want to see what happens.

    I like this idea of ‘aiming at whatever is right in front of me’… That advice sweeps aside the ‘explaining of oneself’. And it includes the idea that by looking at whatever is right in front of you will take you to your core anyway….

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  4. deedeemallon Post author

    hi Cindy… these are the stars that started out as beads, and, after reading your post about simplicity and stitching stars, I pulled them out and worked with thread only… thank you!

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  5. deedeemallon Post author

    do you mean ‘whiskers’? and if so, do you think I need to add them to the left side of the nose, too?

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  6. beth

    No. I meant the words in the background. But the whiskers… I probably would put them on both sides–but I have this self-limiting thing about symmetry. 🙂

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    1. deedeemallon Post author

      I thought a breath after responding that you might mean the words. I think the lack of symmetry offends here a little too. Is that a self-limiting design choice? I like that phrase even though I know you use it as a way of describing a weakness. But is the desire for symmetry a weakness ?

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  7. nadia

    Hi, Dee. I thought this was cool the way you went into an old piece. Just wanted to tell you that I referenced you in my MulticoloredSnippets blog today.

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