“Ethlyndryal the Protector”
35.75” X 58.25”
Hand-dyed cotton (by the artist); Commercial silks, synthetic satins, cotton lamé, chiffon, organza and tulle; Copper; Painted Tyvek; Jute; Silk paper; Watercrayon; Transfer foil; Glass beads; Angelina; Leather; Hand made paper; Found objects; Rayon, metallic and monofilament threads.
Top-stitch curve pieced machine appliqué; Off-site appliqué; Trapunto; Metal embossing; Hand painting of graffiti; Silk paper moulding; Thermo-fabrication with heat gun and soldering iron; Free motion embroidery, appliqué and quilting; Sheer overlay and Encasement; Foiling.
Graffiti drawings by John Foster
In a mythical world riddled with disease from the ‘Flies of Pestilence’ and haunted by the ghostly oil slicks of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, the dragon sheathed in her breastplate of righteousness, offers refuge and absolution to the vestiges of humanity.
Taking on an Anglo Saxon derived name meaning “noble snake”, Ethlyndryal’s feminine image is essential to convey the strong yet nurturing quality desired, with a juxtaposition of modernism against ancient myth. This creature, complete with piercings, balancing her ‘egg’ the way we balance our hectic modern lives, deals with the presented evils in a non-violent manner. Quilted lines of the ‘sacred virtues’ issue forth as tendrils of smoke rising from her nostrils, wafting over the ancient runes of our ‘sins’, which have taken the form of a graffiti-like contemporary ideogram.
This piece was exhibited as part of:
The Grand National: Fantasy at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, ON, Canada, 2007
Received the “Award of Excellence”
The Invitational Show, Quilt Canada, St. John’s, NL, Canada, 2008