This week's featured project is Atomic Atoll by Louise Hall. She sent along a great description of the quilt so I'll let her tell the story.
“Atomic Atoll” was created for the SAQA Regional Shifting Tides: Convergence in Cloth juried exhibition. Juror: Ann Johnston. The exhibition will tour the west coast from 2019 - 2021.
The dome, or The Tomb as the locals call it, is located on Runit Island which is part of the Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The US conducted 43 nuclear tests there from 1946-1958. In the late 70's, US servicemen buried the nuclear waste under an 18" think concrete dome. It was supposed to be a temporary fix, but a permanent decontamination plan never came to fruition. The contents of the dome, as well the surrounding sediments, are dangerously radioactive.
Fabrics chosen are my attempt to reflect the tortured nature of the atoll. The dome is mirrored by its twin underwater bomb crater. The stitched overlaid radiation symbol was deliberately created in an understated way to symbolize the unseen danger that will eventually spread contamination to a far wider area.
Louise used Barrier Island, Sugar Maple and Red Sunset Gradients. You can see more of Louise's work on her website.
For sharing, Louise received a 20% coupon for the shop that's good for 3 months! If you have made anything with my hand dyed fabric I hope you will consider sharing it in the Customer Gallery. The only rule is that projects have to be complete. It doesn't have to be made totally from hand dyed fabric, just include a recognizable amount.
I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.
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