Beethoven Meets the Moody Blues

Beethoven Meets the Moody Blues

Beethoven Meets the Moody Blues by Deborah Harowitz © 2007

Since we are on the subject of history… and I cannot show you what I’m currently working on (it’s all gifts), I will show you the quilt I finished last summer that is now traveling in an exhibit.

Beethoven Quilt - Detail 1The exhibit is the Michigan Quilt Artists Invitational annual show. Each year a new theme is chosen and Michigan quilt artists are invited to create an art quilt based on the theme. The resulting quilts are curated into an exhibit that spends two years traveling different venues, from art galleries to public libraries to hospital lobbies, all over the state of Michigan. The 2007 exhibit with the theme of The Art of Music, opened in the Gallery of the Greater Flint Arts Council on October 5, 2007. It is currently at the Ann Arbor Public Library and will travel until fall of 2009. Click here to see it’s travel schedule. I was delighted to receive an invitation to participate, 2007 being my first year. I entered a quilt that was inspired by one of my favorite pieces of classical music (I love classical for when I‘m designing, it helps me think), The Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. I started with a vague image in my head of moonlight on water. I hand dyed, in indigo blues, a silk noil. I silk screened sections of the sheet music on it and Beethoven’s name. I then stamped music notes on as well. The overall look was subtle and I was pleased. Using hand dyed fabrics of cotton sateen and silk, and a commercial block print I assembled a vague landscape. To add contrast and emphasize the theme I added a keyboard, wandering into the stars. The overall tone of the piece is very mellow. That, and it’s color scheme; Beethoven Quilt - Detail 2predominately blues, gave the quilt it’s full name: Beethoven Meets the Moody Blues. I apologize for the quality of the photo. It was before I got my new camera and the old one just didn’t do justice to fibers or colors. Since the quilt is off on it’s own adventure, I can’t re-shoot it. The finished quilt is 20″ x 24″ and is machine stitched, machine quilted, hand beaded, hand embroidered, and finished with a “pillow case” backing with no additional binding. As usual, I finished it late the night before it went into the mail. I just had enough time to snap a daylight photo and off it went. If felt a little like sending the kid off to college, just not as expensive ;o)

Beethoven Meets the Moody Blues

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