The Lancaster MOAH Cedar Arts Center and WEAD artist in residency project in Lancaster, CA, continues with community participation in papermaking workshops to create the quilt block for the Lancaster Eco-Quilt. The blocks are each 20 inches square and composed of 4 sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 inch pieces of paper. Each sheet of paper has an image of a California golden poppy flower with a blue background. The borders of the quilt are 4 inches wide and made with a natural off-white paper pulp made from local plants mixed with some abaca. The yellow-orange poppy paper made from local plants mixed with some abaca and dyed with non-toxic liquid fiber reactive dye has seeds for California golden poppies and a mix of Southwest yellow wildflowers in it. The blue colored pulp made from recycled blue jeans and mixed with local plant pulps and dyed abaca pulp has seeds for California desert bluebells and a mix of Southwest blue flowers in it. The white borders have seeds for Baby’s Breath (small white flowers) and for Ivory Castle Poppies, a white poppy.
Here are some photos of making the Eco-Quilt squares. The design is made with stencils on the paper moulds, and we have 3 different design stencils. Each quilt block is unique as people decorated them in different ways and combined the three stencils in their own way. The public workshop on Saturday, Feb. 27 was a fun day of papermaking for the public to help create the quilt blocks for the Lancaster Eco-Quilt. We even had some parents and children come in to make some paper for the quilt squares.
This coming Saturday, May 5, Jane will have a public workshop at Hull Park in Lancaster, at the site near the children’s play area where the Lancaster Eco-Quilt will be installed. Hull Park is located on West 30th Street and Avenue J-8 in Lancaster. Everyone is invited to come to Hull Park this Saturday March 5 from 11AM to 1 PM and 3PM to 5 PM for a public workshop to help make the headboard and footboard for the “flower bed” where the Lancaster Eco Quilt will be installed. The public installation ceremony for the Lancaster Eco-Quilt will be on Saturday, March 14, 2 – 4 PM at Hull Park in Lancaster, CA.
Check back here to see more photos and get updates on the progress of the Lancaster Eco-Quilt. The photos here are by Timothy S. Allen (http://allentimphotos2.wordpress.com).
Jane Ingram Allen’s month-long residency in Lancaster is sponsored by WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog: http://www.weadartists.com), and this is a project of the Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Cedar Center for the Arts, Lancaster, CA (www.lancastermoah.org ).