Artist Information for Denise Labadie
My works are interpreted visions of pre-historic Celtic stone megaliths or monastic ruins, particularly portals and passageways. To make the most realistic "stones" possible, I typically hand paint my own fabrics; each stone is then individually cut out and assembled in the same way that a stonemason would build an actual stone structure, one stone at a time. Inspiration is from memories of my travels and my photos.Images scroll down to view all
Sunset on Inishmore53" W x 73" H   Photo by Allan Snell
Inishmore is the large Aran island off the west coast of Ireland. I was there at sunset and mesmerized by the monochromatic colors of the stones, as well as the soft Irish sky. Wanting to capture the soft Irish sky, I used layers of my hand-painted silk organza over cotton. I hand-painted all the fabrics. The techniques are turned edge, raw edge applique, strip piecing, edges are faced, machine appliqued and quilted.
Kilclooney Dolmen58" W x 35" H   Photo by Allan Snell
This dolmen is situated in the beautiful Irish countryside, on the west coast of Ireland, in County Donegal. The techniques are turned edge, raw edge applique, strip piecing, edges are faced, machine appliqued and quilted. The materials are all my hand-painted cottons and silk.
Irish Church Ruin33" W x 43" H   Photo by Allan Snell
This quilt is of a Irish church ruin. The materials are all my hand-painted cottons and silk. The techniques are turned edge, raw edge applique, strip piecing, edges are faced, machine appliqued and quilted.
Up or Down38" w x 58" h   Photo by Allan Snell
This is a stone stairway in an Irish tower ruin. This is an interesting piece in that viewers seem to like it vertical or horizontal, so I have hanging sleeves to hang either way. Strip piecing, raw edge applique, machine pieced, applique and quilted.
Uragh Stone Circle47" w x 30" h   Photo by Allan Snell
The Uragh Stone Circle is located on the Beara Peninsula, an extremely isolated area in Co. Cork, on the Southwestern coast of Ireland (South of both the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula). Walking to the site you feel an amazing presence of fairies and spirits (of the good and friendly kind); it`s also an incredibly peaceful and magical site, and is located in an area of exceptional unpopulated natural beauty. Raw edge and turned edge applique, strip piecing, machine applique and quilted.