Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Golden Bowl

As I mentioned previously there are some busy times ahead in the coming weeks and I have tried to get ahead of myself with my various projects. I've already shown my Klimt inspired journal quilt for this month (Klimtesque 5) and here is the 10 x 10 inches square journal quilt made for the May theme on the Sketchbook Challenge site, which is Bowls

And here are some bowl sketches as you can see. I choose them mainly for their different shapes ans sizes, as I thought having variety would make it more interesting. Of course, bowls are a favourite subject for still life paintings and I took my lead from them for this little piece.

The background is a Dutch fabric that was layered with wadding and the backing fabric and machine quilted with a variegated thread. The bowls were each made individually, layered with wadding and appliqued onto the background by machine. I then proceeded to embellish them all while trying to remember a quotation about a golden bowl that was sort of floating around in my subconscious mind.

It eventually came back after a lot of concentration and some googling. It comes from Ecclesiastes, a book of the Old Testament in the Bible, and I have added the full quotation to the journal quilt. It reads: "Or ever, the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. ...Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was". I must be getting used to the synchronicity ruling  my life as I wasn't even that surprised to find that the quotation was linked to the text usually recited at burials, so is connected to my liking for graveyards.

It also influenced the addition of that silver cord to the quilt in the shape of a silvery yarn.


sheila 77 said...

Terrific bowls, Frieda, with the sequins and beads and that lovely background fabric. I did enjoy your talk on Saturday (second time) and your journals quilts are just out of this world.

Terri said...

That is quite the quote and what a fine interpretation you have created! It is gorgeous. You fascinate me with your creative process.

Linda said...

this is so lovely Frieda- very beautiful touches of sparkle!


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