Apples are a common, almost primal image in art. Beyond the Eden reference of temptation, people are drawn to apples for their simple, irregular shapes, spherical forms, often single colors, and that they are common and easily recognized. One of the first art quilts I saw at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell that made my jaw drop was of, you guessed it, apples in a basket. I remember the piece was assembled from fabric collage, painted, stamped, stitched, and quilted. Unusual colors that showed this was an actual study of an apple and not a simple abstraction. I can not remember the artist's name, sadly. I'd love to be able to find this piece online and see it again, and see how it compares to my imagination. It was inspiring and told me that a quilt didn't have to be...well...a quilt!
Trying to find the image online didn't work, but I found many really cool examples of apple-themed textile art to enjoy on this day when hands across America are peeling...and peeling... Through a search I found a bunch (no pun intended) of new artists to look at and learn from. Here Goes!
Pamela Mostek -- her website says she is trying to create a Renaissance style work. I think she's done it! Gorgeous.
Sandy Donabed -- A member of my quilt guild, Quilters' Connection, when I was able to regularly attend. Her work is very collage-inspired and loaded with subtle detail. Love it!
Ok, this is very on the crafty-side, but subversive art possibilities exist. A dimensional apple!! From Craftsy.com, no great link to share. :(
Ok, last one. Linked to a fantabulous Pinterest page of textile art that I need to come back to explore. I can't seem to find the apple on the page, but Google tells me it is there. Just a cursory view has made me late for work already...talk about an apple being a temptation!!
What will you make today?