Quest for Red
Cultural Red Series - Quest For RedMixed Media Art Quilt
Size: 43" wide x 55” high
Materials: Cotton fabric, applique, digital image, ribbons, rick rack trim, cotton embroidery thread, paint, beads, buttons
Methods: Machine and hand quilted. Hand embroidery and appliqué
Artist Statement: Cochineal dye was used by the Aztec and Maya peoples of Central and North America for everything from coloring clothing, healing ailments, and for personal adornment. The cochineal is found on the nopal or prickly pear cactus pads inside match head-sized white fuzz balls. By the 14th century, the Incas and Aztecs both had whole agricultural systems based on cochineal and apparently valued the dye as much as gold. The insects were harvested and traded. The insects were collected, dried and crushed releasing the intense red color dye.
History: 2015 Santa Fe Capitol Rotunda Gallery, Santa Fe NM, 2016 Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, NM
Hanging: Each work has a sleeve on the back to hang the work. It can be hung on a wooden slat flat against the wall or on a curtain rod. After purchase I will send hanging and care information. Works can also be framed if you choose.