Box 641925 Los Angeles, CA 90064
The Next Westside Quilters' Quarterly Meeting
Social Hour 9:30
A Zoom link will be sent to all members a day or two before the meeting.
A Zoom link will be sent to all members.
MJ's “Smithsonian Series” slide lecture and trunk show introduces you to the artwork inspired by the most beautiful gems in the world. Learn about the gems and their amazing stories, including the amazing people who were caught up in their orbits.
MJ says: "When people ask me what I do, I like to tell them “I make the biggest diamonds in the world… But instead of working with the hardest substances on earth, I work with the softest …. cloth.” The idea to create giant gem portraits took hold of my soul 20 years ago and has grown into a passion that has enriched my life as a textile artist.
The adventure started years ago when, as a novice quiltmaker, I discovered an image of a gorgeous gem. With only a basic understanding of quilting techniques — and no knowledge whatsoever of gemology — I was unsure how to transform that image into a pieced work of art. However, I was convinced there had to be a way. And I was determined to find it. After several years of research and experimentation, I made my first gem portrait.
I work with fabric and paint to create larger-than-life portraits of colored gemstones. Inspired by the image of an actual stone, I study the gem to understand its particular personality — the play of color and light across its facets. My goal is to capture the luminosity of these “divas” and “drama queens.”