Featured Artist - November 2015  Rose Rushbrooke

Rose Rushbrooke - Portland, Oregon USA
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"Both science and art present us with views of the world that provide us with powerful insights, valuable information, and new knowledge." -  Nelson Goodman

Aims, Sources, Influences

Fractals are self-repeating patterns describing nature and infinity. Brought to the attention of the public by the late mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, these quirky formulae are considered an interesting subset of modern geometry. The iterated equations may answer many universal questions.
The ability of human beings to make sense out of chaos is an endless source of fascination. Why are we so drawn to these images. Are we hard wired to see fractals? And if so, why and what are they telling us?

Using computer generated mathematical models I create textile representations of non-Euclid geometry. The fractal images relate to natural growths, and are used to depict abstract ideas.

Materials, Methods

Construction follows basic principles of quilt making: batting sandwiched between backing and a pieced and/or appliqued top, the three layers quilted together.

Worked with printed cotton, hand dyed fabrics, shibori, cotton and silks, and other manmade and natural fabrics.

Wholecloth pieces are created by printing fractal imagery onto silk or cotton. The edges are frayed and the piece is stitched onto a painted cotton covered stretched canvas.

Piecing is done with cotton thread; applique with silk thread, quilting with cotton, rayon, and a variety of hand dyed cottons and silks; embroidery with silk ribbon, silk, cotton, and other threads; often embellished. The work is done by hand using needlework tools and a domestic sewing machine. Being in immediate contact with the materials adds to the pleasure of creation.