Appliqué for Peace of Mind

Here’s another embroidered appliqué I made recently–this one with merino wool felt. I sewed in the evenings, this time to calm myself from the dreadful news of wars, racism, illness and sexual assaults of women that have all been in the forefront recently. The idea for this design grew out of a recent trip to Algonquin Park in Ontario just as the last leaves were falling. One beautiful sight was a hill of golden tamarack trees reflected in a lake. I am always drawn to reflections in water and realized I want to use symmetry in my work more often. This appliqué began on its side, loosely expressing the memory of the scene in Algonquin Park. However, as is often the case, I adapted the work as I went along. And so the hill and reflection turned into a leaf shape. I finished the wall hanging with three ceramic buttons I bought this summer at a studio tour of artists on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario.

Leaf, wool felt wall hanging, ©2014 Lily S. May
Leaf, wool felt wall hanging, ©2014 Lily S. May

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I have made visual art works all my life. Arts of May shows some of my explorations in different media and the inspiration I take from other artists and works. An earlier blog, of humans and nature, concentrates on my photographs of natural places that help my spirit.

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