Wednesday, August 19, 2009


This is my paper quilt that will be hanging in the airport. It's about 16 x 20. The squares are made from pages from Communication Arts Magazine, and also Inside Santa Fe, an art exhibit magazine I pick up in Santa Fe every year. The birds are cut with my Stampin' Up! exclusive bird die.

The images I chose are meant to evoke feelings of both flight and destinations.

When Navajo weavers make blankets or rugs, they weave a deliberate mistake into them, because only God is perfect. It would offend the gods and give you some seriously bad mojo if you produced a "perfect" weaving. Since this project is emulating a blanket, I included a little Navajo tribute, turning one bird opposite the way he "should" be facing.

I figured if it was going to go in the airport, the last thing I needed was bad mojo! :)

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  1. It's beautiful! I've been wondering how this turned out. I remember you were cutting or punching in a restaurant.

  2. congratulations. this will give travelers a lift even before they get on the plane!

  3. this is quite beautiful. I always admire this type of art as I don't have the ability at all to create it. I just can't see it in the raw (you know before it is done) stages.

    I wish that I was coming that way so that I could see it in real life.

    Congrats on having your art hung in such a cool place.


  4. Wow...I love it! And I didn't know that about the Navajo...tres cool!

  5. Islamic art is the same also. Only Allah is perfect so art has to have a flaw.

    Can't wait to meet you IRL at the Austin shoebox gathering. It's a blast...

  6. Beautiful job, Lydia! I did not know about the Navajo tradtion, so this post was extra good for me (art + education= happy Kim).

    Have a great day!

  7. Lydia, your quilt is just amazing! I remember the Navajo story from when I lived in Arizona. That's cool that you did that. And yes, bad mojo in the airport is not a good thing. :)


  8. It's gorgeous. It's unique. It's fabulous! Great job!!

  9. Beautiful Lydia! Congratulations! I am all for airport art...and our airport here in vancouver has TONS of will love it when you come here... *grin*

  10. This is wonderful. I wish I could see it in person.

  11. Arg! Now I want this die cut. Nice project, but the way. LOVE the use of magazines.

  12. Congratulations! What an honor! Your quilt beautiful.


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