Sunday, February 1, 2015

Presenting "Rosetta"

I have set myself a challenge this year by joining 

the "Four-in-Art" mini group over on Flick'r-

We have decided that we will explore the 

theme of Literature this year.

For my first mini I have narrowed this down to look 

at the development of written language.

Last year, while in France, I visited a museum 

dedicated to Jean Francois Champollion

who deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphics 

Symbols inside the Museum

of the Rosetta stone.

Outside the Museum in Figeac a larger than life impression of the Rosetta Stone

unlocking the secrets of Ancient Egypt.

At my friend Elizabeth's suggestion,

I did some sketches first.

Can you see the elements I have decided to use?

angles, symbols, squiggles, colour....

The colours are a bit washed out here..

I was able to raid my small stash of text prints...

with script, barcoding and numbers.

And trim too!

Anyway, I am glad to have this one finished- 

it was much harder than I thought it would be!

(Although MrPnP liked it!)

the back...

Now to think about where to go next?

Suggestions gratefully accepted!

Please make sure you stop by the others

 in the group to see what wonders they have created:

Betty at a Flickr site:
Catherine  at Knotted Cotton
Elizabeth at 
Jennifer at Secondhand Dinosaur 
Nancy at  Patchwork Breeze
Rachel at The Life of Riley
Simone at Quiltalicious

Happy sewing!



Betty said...

Suz, I think you chose a really difficult interpretation and did a really great job with it!! Love all the scraps you've used and how you truly created an a collage which is understandable. Excellent work!

Rachel said...

What a unique idea! The Rosetta stone is such an important historical figure in literature! I remember seeing it in the British Museum and being overwhelmed at the significance of it. The way that you brought together the different symbols and texts really speaks to the Stone itself. Great little quilt!

Leanne said...

This is a fun take on the theme, I love how you put it together.

Melissa P said...

Having to think outside our usual parameters is hard but rewarding--as seen in your mini. Quilting is a language in itself, bringing so many of us together from all over the world. I think your piece illustrates this in a subtle way. I love what you've done!

Catherine said...

I love it - it absolutely says what you wanted it to, and even if one didn't know the context it's just great to look at too as an art work!

Rachaeldaisy said...

What a great interpretation!! Your mini has turned out really well. It's great that you were able to draw on your experience of the museum in France, so it captures memories of your trip as well as the Rosetta stone.

OPQuilt said...

Brilliant interpretation! I think your idea of pulling out elements and arranging them to intimate the Rosetta Stone is an intriguing and clever way to get at all that the Rosetta means to us. I love the use of text prints, the elements, and even that little red rickrack trim. Bravo! Susan and an eloquent first run at our theme of Literature. (You are a natural, I think. Can't wait to see what you think of next!)


Carla said...

How fun to apply the theme to your recent will serve as a reminder of the visit. Great job, Suz!

Nancy said...

Well done. It is a nice representation of what you experienced on your trip to France. The fabrics used were so well incorporated with the symbols that showed progression of the written word. I like your piece.

Carla said...

It's not easy to think outside the box. Good for you : )

Mary said...

Well, I would say, since I guessed your interpretation before reading this did very well! What a challenge! I mean, you really have to think about what you are doing....I think I would fail miserably at this bee! :)

DeborahGun said...

what an amazing idea! We saw the Rosetta stone when we were in the UK last and I loved teaching my boys about the amazing significance of it. You have made a wonderful interpretation :-)

Karen S said...

Great result. I like the way you worked through the process.

Quiltalicious said...

I really like the starting point for your literature project - the beginning of the written language, such an out of the box beginning! (Have you thought about your next projects? Another "first" you could use is the Gutenberg Printing Press) As a graphic designer I have a total fascination for text printed on fabric, and I love all your different combinations you have used in your composition. I look forward to seeing your future projects with Four in Art.

pandchintz said...

Great interpretation Suz!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Now you have made me think what archaeologists will make of barcodes in thousands of years!
That is a very big Rosetta stone.
You have captured the idea of written language really well. I have just checked out the others. Such fun contrasts between your very dramatic and modern looking piece and those inspired by poetry and Jane Eyre!

FlourishingPalms said...

This is definitely art quilting, something I know nothing about. From my untrained point of view, your piece does a good job of reflecting your intentions. Have you settled on your next piece of literature? I'd be all over Outlander, if it was up to me. Popular, timely, with lots of Scottish possibilities. Before you know it, your new sewing studio will have a wall of these pretties.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

That is a really cool project and challenge! I love how creative yours is (and it's nice to hear your husband likes it too)!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

What a fun idea. I think you did a great job with your interpretation. Your quilt has a lot of visual texture with the prints, ricrac etc. that make it very interesting. Hope you enjoy the year with Four-in-Art. I had a fun time last year

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