Virginia A. Spiegel
Live Wild! will premier at the 2014 International Juried and Judged Show at the Quilt & Fiber Festival at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Musuem in La Conner, WA on October 3-5, 2014. Look for it in the Fiber Arts division.
More details about the artwork, what Live Wild! means in terms of ACTION, and more detail photos here.
I have long had an interest in bees and their amazing matriarchial society. (See in Acquired Artwork these three series: The Geometry of Bees; The Language of Bees; and bee, hive, honey.
This artwork was prompted by the thought that although the horrible and slow eradication of honey bees seems to be happening before our very eyes, there is always something that we can do as individuals in our own little patch of the world to help our friends. Did you know that bees pollinate one-third of our food?
A few technical details: The background is fabric heliographic (sun) printed with foliage from my yard. It was ripped apart and then re-sewn to create the background. I love the torn edges, loose threads, and texture this brought to the piece. The surface is covered with hand-sewn honeycomb-shaped hexagons individually cut from painted Lutradur. A labor of love in both the cutting and the stitching, but one I did in tribute to the hardworking honeybees.