Saturday, May 3, 2008

Beauty is a Reflection of the Heart—Art Quilt

Beauty is a Reflection of the Heart, Art Quilt, (6"x6")
Fannie Narte


HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE "BEAUTY"?

Is beauty defined by one's appearance? Yes. I think a person's appearance is one version of the world's definition of "beauty." But how would "you" define beauty?

THE CREATION OF "Beauty is a Reflection of the Heart"

I wanted to portray several ideas in this piece, mainly the perceptions of inner beauty versus outer beauty. If you look closely at this art quilt, you'll see the blue and white printed fabric peeking through the Neocolors that were applied to create this magnolias piece. This conveys the idea that who we are on the inside is reflected on our outsides.

The black thread sketching, which borders the flowers and leaves, portrays the boundaries we set for ourselves, the choices we make that define who we are, consciously or subconsciously. Black lines connect the images to each other throughout the piece. This symbolizes our connection to each other and to the world.

Almost all of my images have elements of "shine." This symbolizes the idea that we influence others through our interactions.

Two pearls and a Swarovski crystal embellish the center or heart of three of the magnolias. This portrays the idea that in my definition of beauty, the heart--not our size, not our financial situation, not our wrinkles, not our inability to sing--is most important.

My definition of beauty is found in one's heart . . . . That's where pure love lives.

AAQI DEDICATION

This quilt will be donated to AAQI to help raise funds in support of Alzheimer's research. It is dedicated to Nancy and her friend, Maureen. Maureen died from Alzheimer's disease.

Fannie

7 comments:

Heather P said...

Fannie, it's beautiful -- as is all of your work!

Jacq said...

Very nice.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Fannie...I was having so much issues trying to comment over the last few days...no idea why blogger is giving me grief...

I just love your latest work...what a magical piece this is...I love the colours and the deatils...oh and that wonderful black thread outline...perfect as always...I look at the wonderful ATC you sent me each and every day...it sparkles...love it and your wonderful posts here...

Hugs
Diana

Fannie said...

Thanks, Heather and Jacq.

Fannie said...

Diana, sorry about the blogger issues. I hope it wasn't only on my blog. ???

Thanks for your comments. Hope you're having a great weekend.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

hi fannie!
your work is so beautiful and inspiring! i always love to see what you are creating!
:) melissa

Kate said...

Wow, beautiful...i love the touch of pearl in the centers of the magnolias. You do beautiful work, Fannie.