Friday, June 23, 2017

“We All Swim Together” Update


Here’s the latest on “We All Swim Together,” the big piece I've been working on – off and on, but mostly off – since 2013! My goal with this wholecloth quilt is to educate viewers about the dangers to fish species around the world. Marine biologists believe we we could feed the world and end starvation if we only managed our oceans, lakes and streams properly. Many fish are endangered due to overfishing, pollution, environment degradation, and climate change. I also want to show the beauty and amazing diversity of fish species. 

Right now, the fish fill a space about 80" wide and 60" high. This art quilt will probably be about 90" square when I finish. In the past week or so, I’ve drawn about 10 more fish, and painted these:


Orange Roughy
Honeycomb Stingray (with Indian Scad below)
Piper Gurnard

Flat Needlefish


Arctic Char

The photos below show more of the whole quilt, and give you an idea of the size. (Cat shown for scale). 





If you have questions about my wholecloth painting process, please visit my blog post here: http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/2014/01/faqs-wholecloth-painting.html

If you want to see previous posts about this piece, and see my progress, click here: 
http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/search?q=We+All+Swim+Together

I also have a DVD on my process. It's called “Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch.” You can purchase it here: http://www.bluemoonriver.com/shop.html

2 comments:

  1. I love this! It reminds me of old botanical/fauna illustrations and of the fish species chart posters -both of which I love. I think it's the fact that the background is still plain and light like a book page. Which makes me wonder if you intend to colour it once the fish are done?

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! I haven't decided what I'll do with the background. I may paint it blue. And I'm considering adding text (species names, etc.).

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