Thursday, July 14, 2005

La Ofrenda






I received my Virgin of Guadalupe fabric from Debra this week, so now I'm working on my piece in earnest. The working title, "La Ofrenda" refers to the home altars in Mexican Catholic homes. My objective is to replicate the altars that women in my family: my mom, my grandmother, my aunts, kept (and keep) on their dresser tops. I'm also including a reference to Edward Weston's 1926 black and white photo "Maguey: Mexico," which is the inspiration for my summer Artimage Challenge piece. A scaled-down maguey plant (it looks an aloe vera) will be a potted plant on the dresser. Yes, this quilt will serve as both my summer Artimage Challenge piece and as my summer Madonna.

So far, I've pieced the top of the back ground and now I'm auditioning fabrics for the dresser top. Here are some that I liked from the many that I considered. If I use the linen towel with the big flowers, I think I'll cut the bottom edge to match the outline of the flowers. I like both the white doily and the small yellow doilies against the pink as they seem to identify the image as an ofrenda. --Barbara

7 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

The bottom flowers are a little too overwhelming for the Madonna. They look a little pop artish. I like the rectangular piece because it seems most identifiable as a dresser scarf. Interesting that we both cut off the angels and all that ribbon that was on the fabric; although they might look good adorning the edge of something. I like your "pieced" wallpaper in the background a lot.
I can see some real possibilities here!

Two Madonna Gals said...

We should have a challenge to see what we can do with the angels!--Barbara

jenclair said...

Well, I just finished all of your posts and must say that this is a terrific idea. I love the fact that you are devoting so much time to variants on a theme and that you are working and posting together. Interesting, unusual, and involving. I'll be checking in when I can to see the updates.

Here's to the TMG!

Two Madonna Gals said...
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Debra Spincic said...

Barbara, I am really excited about the idea of making stuffed parts of your piece. If the Madonna is too small, you could applique her outline to a larger piece and then cut her out. The image of those nesting Russian dolls comes to mind. A little stuffed plant! How would you attach them all to the quilt? and what about the top of the dresser? how would that look?
fun ideas! VG goes Pop Art!

Two Madonna Gals said...

Jen, so far I am having a lot of fun with this idea--more than I would on my own. Stop by anytime! ~~~Debra

Rian said...

Barbara, I can't wait to see how this piece will turn out! I like the top two, the one with the hankie and the one with the lace--it's like she's perched on top of an altar cloth. Looking good!