Earth, Yellow, Square/Cube , Islam
I assigned Islam to Earth because they are required to go through a series of prayer moves that include kneeling prostate, several times a day, facing East, and typically using a prayer rug to help maintain purity. I chose to hand make a quilted and embroidered prayer rug, from materials that would never stand up to such vigorous use. A rectangle is composed of two squares and I read that Kabbalistic practice also holds the square in high regard. A keyhole is always placed at the top of a prayer rug, to help distinguish the direction, and should always face East. To increase the feminine feel, I added a Hand of Fatima, a sign of warding off evil. The quilting technique is called 'crazy quilting' and was very popular in the early 1900s. To increase the feel of that time, I added art noveau-esque floral touches. I hand sewed and embroidered the entire piece. It took a little over 43 hours of work to complete.
|I started with a sketch.|
|Then I selected my fabrics.|
|This was one of the scariest parts for me-- cutting up $100 worth of material.|
|Then I started laying out my pieces like a large fabric puzzle.|
|Finally! Then I hand stitched my background down.|
|Then I created templates to cut my other pieces from.|
|Making sure I like my fabric choices.|
|I love the way the lotus turned out.|
Then I added the fringe and went over the first layer of signs with a gold thread to make them look like solid lines.
|The finished piece.|
|Detail of the center.|
|"A Feminine Touch" prayer rug on display in the gallery.|
|Another view of "A Feminine Touch" prayer rug.|