Designing Blue Wing Chair #5

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Blue Wing Chair (detail of stitching onto painted Timtex) by Laura Wasilowski

Making art is a challenge. But I so enjoy the process! The making of Blue Wing Chair took me away from my usual methods of working and opened up a new world of possibilities. Why did I change my method of working?

Because Blue Wing Chair is part of a SAQA exhibit called Radical Elements based upon elements from the periodic table. Part of the Radical Elements statement reads:

The artists were also asked to move quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread, exploring the function and decorative properties of different surfaces and stitching materials. This exhibition was the first to embrace the newly expanded definition of an art quilt and is a signature exhibition for SAQA.

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Blue Wing Chair (front) by Laura Wasilowski

My Blue Wing Chair is about memory. It is the memory of learning to read and how this magical event led to the discovery of stories and adventures and vivid accounts by extraordinary characters. It is the memory of sitting in a favorite cobalt blue chair with an enthralling book and visiting other worlds.

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Blue Wing Chair (back) by Laura Wasilowski

 Blue Wing Chair is about a simple tool that taught me to read, the flashcard. Flashcards have shapes on paper called letters. The letters make words. The words make sentences. The sentences make stories. The stories teach me how to live, how to make art, how to be human.That simple tool, the flashcard, brought me to this blue chair where I sit and read and travel through life.

Now can you guess what element Blue Wing Chair represents from the periodic table?

8 thoughts on “Designing Blue Wing Chair #5

    • Funny and a great idea. But I was only given one element from the periodic table to illustrate, cobalt.

  1. I guess Carbon – as all living things are made up of carbon strings – with many other chains connected. Thank you for sharing your process – it is a wonderful story.

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