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 to 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!
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.
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?)