This quilt was made for the Aotearoa challenge 'Growth' winning a merit prize. When searching for a topic, I ruled out subjects I considered obvious.
Many family and friends have been hit with the 'growth' of cancer, and this piece was an effort to put a positive spin on the growth we all despise. While researching I found a new treatment being used to make breast cancer cells rupture when growing.
The name for this piece is called Prognosis Hope. The subject is an electron microscope view of breast cancer cells that are busy perishing. Photo used with permission- interpreted into fabric.
The cotton fabric and batting sandwich formed a base for up-cycled (Salvation Army) wooden blanket shapes, which I dyed and covered with hand-felted fibres to 'paint' the shades.
Machine quilting completed the 3-d effect. This now hangs in the studio of a close friend and breast cancer survivor.