Gaerbhyth ~ Ambassador for Peace

Detail View - Head Detail View - Olive Branch Detail View - Hand

“Gaerbhyth ~ Ambassador for Peace ”

56” X 62 ”

2009

Hand dyed and hand painted cotton and other synthetics, textile and watercolour paints; Commercial fabrics; Various threads and cords; Angelina

Machine piecing, Paper piecing and appliqué, Collage, Free Motion Embroidery, Bobbin stitching, Couching, Flour paste resist, Block printing and rubbing, Thermo-fabrication (heat applied), Hand dyeing and manipulated painting, Fusible web painting/bonding, Watercolour painting, Machine quilting

Artist Statement:

Inspired by the calligraphies of The St. John’s Bible and the sculptural wall of Coventry Cathedral’s chapel, my faith and concern for world peace combine in this modern-day icon.

Symbols of peace and community are incorporated throughout.  Subtly placed as well as concealed from view, they suggest a global effort is essential.  The Seraph has endured much, but hope remains; light penetrates and breaks down the wall.  Peace will prevail.

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Symbols found include: Celtic cross (2), Yin-Yang, Peace symbol, Star of David, Nine Point Star (Baha'i faith), Buddhist Wheel of Dharma, Flower of Life, Crescent Moon and Star (Islam), Hand/Palm symbol of non-violence (Jainism), Olive branch

Other notes: While stitching the body of the angel, the word "Peace" was stitched repeatedly and then overstitched until no longer visible. The tattoos, while of original design, are made in the style of "Tribal" tattoos, which originally were intended to convey a sense of peace and community. Words of peace were stitched in gold thread onto a square of cotton, and then imbedded in the 'sandwich' with the batting, under the golden light area in the top right corner.

 

Exhibits:

National Juried Show, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2010

Devon House, The Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, NL, Canada, 2011

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Memorial University, Corner Brook, NL, Canada, 2011

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Almonte, ON, Canada, 2013

St. Francis Xavier University Gallery, Antigonish, NS, Canada, 2014

St. James Cathedral, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2014

 

$12,000