Desolation

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Desolation
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The feeling of isolation, solitude and loneliness opens ones eyes to the stark simplicity and wonders of nature. A unique beauty - the dry, bleak, desolate and barren wildness of the arid Australian outback - where sandy plains are dotted with the occasional tree stump, scattered twigs, spinifex and tufts of colourless grasses give way to gibber plains. The work was created in response to a trip through the Sturt National Park in the centre of Australia. It was made for a juried exhibition "Across Australia" and travelled with the exhibition to Europe and the Middle East.
Materials
Hand dyed rusted cotton, discharged commercial cotton fabric, chiffon, wool batting. Fabric rusted by putting it through 3 solutions (tea, ferrous sulphate and caustic soda).

Surface embellishment: Rocks painted with fabric paint mixed with puff painting paste and embroidered using fly and stem stitch in cotton.
Techniques
Machine pieced and appliqu�d, machine quilted then hand quilted using embroidery stitches.

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