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Blue Totem

Fiber Wall Hanging

Created by Cindy Grisdela
"Blue Totem" is part of a series based on one large improvisationally designed block set asymmetrically in a rectangular space. Putting colors together intuitively, the artist uses cotton fabric the way a painter might use paint to engage viewers from a distance, yet invite a closer look. The negative space is broken up with narrow insets of lime green to add interest to the composition. Stitching lines add texture in the plain areas using a variety of motifs, including fans, spirals and paisleys.

Grisdela creates all her work in her studio overlooking a lake in Reston, VA. Each wall hanging is quilted individually using her domestic home sewing machine. The designs are stitched freehand, with no marking ahead of time and no computer program, just the artist drawing the designs in her head with the machine's needle and thread.

Each piece has the artist's signature stitched into the front in an unobtrusive spot.

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