I have just received news that my textile artwork, Axis Mundi Reflected, has been awarded 3rd Place in the Innovative Category at the World Quilt & Textile Competition in the USA. The awards were announced at the Premier of the World Quilt Show in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. Over the next few months, the show will travel to festivals in Oaks, (Pennsylvania), Santa Clara, ( California) and West Palm Beach (Florida).
The artwork is my representation of the Axis Mundi, otherwise known as the Tree of Life, the connection between Heaven and Earth. Like Alice Through the Looking Glass, the work draws one in and simultaneously reflects back. The technique I use is one that I have developed over the past few years and is inspired by African bead work and basketry.
This is the third time that I have entered this competition and on each occasion have been fortunate enough to have won an award.
In 2005 I entered Bongwefela and was awarded 1st place in the Innovative Category:
‘Bongwefela’ means ‘unity’ in the Tswana language. This work is a celebration of life, love and the power of the human spirit. It seeks to capture the energy and vibration of the life force, that elusive quality that unites us all. It alludes to transitions and moving between worlds, both physical and spiritual, and is my prayer for peace, tolerance, compassion and understanding amongst all the nations of the world.
In 2011 I entered Towards Infinity, and won an award for Best Use of Colour in the Innovative Category.
This work was inspired by the quote: “Your task is not to search for love, but to find the portal through which love can enter.” Eckhart Tolle. The Power of Now
I would like to congratulate my fellow South Africans who also received awards, Sue Prins, for 3rd Place in the Traditional Section, and Jenny Williamson and Pat Parker for receiving the Best of Country award.