Alfred and The Byrds

After I finished the ‘Bruce Glee’ for entry in the upcoming “Humor Me” show at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center, Terry turned to me and said “You know what else you should do?”  I braced myself, knowing he overestimates the speed by which I can complete a project.  The show’s deadline is July 31st, after all.  But I underestimated the brilliance of his idea.  Between deadline projects, I had worked on another Alfred Hitchcock piece.  It was the profile shot I had done before, but larger at 16X20″.  Terry’s idea was this – take the Hitch I had already worked on and add the rock group ‘The Byrds‘.  “Alfred and The Byrds”.  Get it?

I was so inspired that I got right to work. The Byrds have the perfect album cover byrds cut outto sync with Hitch’e sideways glance – The History of the Byrds.  All I had to do was reverse the photo.  My home went to hell for several days as I worked nonstop on the piece.  Terry was good enough to make dinner after putting in a full day himself, knowing I would have gladly eaten cereal each night. 😉

The piece was really complicated (all these different fabrics and varying shades of grey/black/white).  I had to draw up several charts to keep track of it all.  It was almost too much – but in the end totally worth it!

before stitching

I wish my camera could do this piece justice 🙂  The detail from the right perspective of each set of facial hair and eye expression just surprises me (even though I’m the one who created the illusion).  The photo on the left was taken before I finished laying the last Byrd and is pre-stitching.  I always feel that the stitching adds a great deal of depth to the piece.

alfred and the byrds, final quilt sized

Here’s the final quilt.  It is one of my largest pieces, measuring 24X36″.  I honestly love the way it came out.  And it really makes me chuckle.  Hitch looks slightly annoyed at being paired with these “long-haired hippie-types” (can’t you just hear him saying something like that?)

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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4 comments on “Alfred and The Byrds
  1. lisa says:

    i am truly blown away…

  2. Pa says:

    It makes more sense right side up.
    love,
    Dad

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