Monday, August 29, 2011

Art Imitates Art

This is a piece that took me about a month to create.  It was inspired by my daughter's faith formation book.  As parents, we were expected to home-school our kids in the Catholic faith.
Inspiration for Nativity Quilling

I've always loved stained glass paintings, and this design intrigued me.
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
 Elisabeth Kubler-Ross quotes (Swiss-American psychiatrist and author )
So I scanned the picture and used it as a template:
I quilled each section, shaping it to the stained
glass panel, then wrapped each section with
black quilling paper to set the section off.

I held the sections with pins so that they would retain the shape

Slowly the image was forming

I changed some of the colors as the original had too many red panels for  my taste

In October 2007, wildfires ravaged California.
We evacuated and I forgot to pack this project-in-progress.

Inspired by Birth of Christ by E. Eger

Thankfully, our house did not burn down.  I stopped doing my craft fairs in 2008, and I never sold this piece.  But every Christmas, this graces our mantelpiece.

1 comment:

  1. Rachielle, What beautiful nativities!! Are you a member of FRIENDS OF THE CRECHE? I'm Susan and I'm on the board.

    Our web site will be updated soon, but check us out. We have over 300 members, our convention this year, October 17-19, is outside of Cleveland.

    Anyone in the Chicago area can enjoy 100 nativity sets from around the world at the Loyola University Museum of Art. The nativities are part of the Govan collection, Mr James Govan is one of the founding members of FRIENDS OF THE CRECHE. The exhibit runs from the middle of November, to the middle of January.

    If you do join us, mention on your application info was initially from the board member Susan! God's rich blessings to all.