This post is a copy of my post to another blog which I take part in with a number of other art quilters. It is a challenge group where one person decides on a theme, and the rest of us design and create a 12" x 12" piece that is our interpretation of that theme. Go to www.upforachallengeartquilts.com to see everyone's creations. Here is mine:
When this theme was announced, I had to go to the dictionary to look for meanings and interpretations. What I found was:
Incandescence is the emission of light (visible electromagnetic radiation) from a hot body as a result of its temperature. The term derives from the Latin verb incandescere, to glow white. Incandescence is a special case of thermal radiation. Incandescence usually refers specifically to visible light, while thermal radiation refers also to infrared or any other electromagnetic radiation.
Having read this there were multiple ideas swirling in my head. But that's normal. I'm an idea person, and seldom a completion person! How's that for True Confessions? However, back to the theme.....almost immediately I came up with this idea and tried to think of reasons not to do it, but nothing else came out of my hands so here we are. I started late in my attempts to do something to do with fire, which didn't work, and then finally got down to what I wanted to do in the first place. They say listen to your heart and I should have because I'm happy with and had fun making this piece.
I thought instead of light or the normal sources of heat, I thought of sex appeal, which is another elusive kind of heat. There has been of late, a lot of resurgence of interest in Marilyn Monroe, the all time sex symbol for my generation. Here is the picture I chose to use for a reference, found on Pinterest.
Looking at this photo made me wonder what it was that radiated the sex appeal she was famous for. Was it the looks? There have been lots of women just as, or even more beautiful. Was it the body language? Or was it the diamonds? I don't know and probably never will, but I truly enjoyed interpreting this photo to my 12" x 12" interpretation of Incandescence.
The project is worked on a black background which has a few sparkles on it. The face and hair are layer upon layer of chiffons, both polyester and silk. The face and shoulder are obviously carefully cut to indicate the appropriate shadows and shapes. But the hair I truly enjoyed doing. I just free hand cut teardrop shapes of all the colors of chiffon I had in yellow, pale yellow, glittery yellow and white and stitched down each piece as I went along, building up the shades and shapes and covering what didn't fit with a couple more layers. A really free way to work and I enjoyed every minute of it and am happy with how it turned out. The embellishments (did you know I love to embellish!!) are bits of treasures from my collection, a single earring, a strip off a dress from the thrift shop that I tore the diamonds off and kept, and a set of plastic eyelashes designed for Halloween but perfect for enhancing her sultry look. The binding is metallic fabric and that was a trick!