Sunday, January 15, 2017
Nedra's Boundaries - NOLA
Boundaries suggested borders to me, which quickly morphed into a map in my mind. I've seen many "map" quilts and had thought previously about making one of New Orleans. It is my home and is surrounded by Lake Ponchatrain, the Mississippi River and a large navigation canal which create boundaries to the city. Drainage canals section the city into districts and neighborhoods. In fact, those water boundaries helped to almost wash New Orleans off the map and so a map of it was in order for this challenge.
I painted the background with fabric paint and used inktense pencils to form the basis of the map. The colors loosely represent the purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras. A variety of trims, ribbons, decorative yarns, threads, beads and buttons were stitched down to represent and suggest interstates, highways, neighborhoods, water features, and other features. NOLA (an acronym for New Orleans, LA) is stitched in the center of a serendipitous "heart" formed by some of the threads and a fleur de lis button is also added as this is the symbol of the city and our beloved Saints football team. I really enjoyed turning this into an homage to the city we almost lost and plan to make a larger, detailed map.