Sunday, March 04, 2012


here is my piece for the international quilt challenge. the theme was 'architexture' ....
lumen is a three dimensional hand stitched textile piece with layers of sari silk, hand dyed machine stitched cotton and sinemay. it was stitched with cotton and silk thread using sorbello stitch, running stitch and french knots. inside the piece are 'sticks' i made of cotton string soaked in black gesso and paverpol.
i had lots of ideas for this challenge mostly to do with cathedrals, skylines and gargoyles. but none of them fired my imagination until last week when i was surfing around the internet and got into a cross referencing spiral around the theme of liminal space and thresholds (which was another image i was toying with). there was a link to the word 'lumen' which of course, Alice-like, I followed and found the anatomical meaning of the word.

A lumen (Lat. lūmen, an opening or light) (pl. lumina) in biology is the inside space of a tubular structure, such as an artery or intestine.
which made me think of Kind Dog's 'heart event' as the hospital people called it, which happened nearly six months ago. of the inside of his arteries and how they were stitched back together lined with mesh. and how this has certainly saved and extended his life.
so while this is not an orthodox interpretation of the architexture theme it is certainly of a structure, a space, a construction.

it is lumen

1 comment:

DIAN said...

Oh I do like this. As I was looking at it and reading I was thinking of heart and blood vessels. Of something torn apart and reconstructed. It is amazing. The colours are fabulous.