White Tara – a Silk Art Quilt (part 1)

October 31, 2008

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“Tara”
74″ x 26″, Silk Art Quilt

I want to introduce another silk art quilt to you: White Tara
White Tara is the goddess of compassion and represents in Buddhism the feminist ideal.

“Goddess Tara, a female Buddha and meditational deity, is arguably the most popular goddess in the Buddhist pantheon. She is considered to be the goddess of universal compassion who represents virtuous and enlightened activity.”

You can read more about Tara here.

The goddess Tara is known in many countries under different names. In China f.e. she is known as Kuan Yin. If you want to know more about this goddess please read the articles in Wikipedia which are very interesting.

For me the feminist aspect was very appealing. You won’t find too many personalities in history and the devine pantheon which are feminine authorities in this world of male predominance. So my inspiration for this work resulted in depicting this image of a very sympathetic goddess other than the female aspect being interpreted as that of seduction and evil as in christian beliefs, a witch or revengeful spirit as in Greek mythology and other myths.

As usual the art quilt started with a detailed drawing:

After transferring the drawing to the silk with my homemade light table I started with quilting the figure and the ornaments – everything from the middle towards the outer edges of course in order not to mess with wobbly parts in the silk which easily happens when you don’t use a frame for quilting.

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After finishing all the hand quilting I painted the quilt. This was essential – doing it after the quilting – because of the sharp and crisp borders you need when painting figures like this. The flowing of colours is not appreciated.

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In order to achieve this you also need a very dry brush if you don’t want to use a gutta resist. No matter what you use – resist always means washing or cleaning afterwards. And this is not always applicable.

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Tara in Indian mythology is always a young beautiful woman with lots of jewellery. I wanted to show this off as well. So I used additional metallic pigment in the colour for the godess’ jewellery which I simply poured into the colour. It needs thorough heat setting (with an iron) afterwards to prevent falling off. But with great care this won’t happen.

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Tara’s face and head jewellery was painted with great care. Her facial expression is supposed to represent the purpose of her mission, emanating compassion, care and a deep love for any suffering human and all other beings.

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(will be continued…)

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One Response to “White Tara – a Silk Art Quilt (part 1)”

  1. tashabud Says:

    As I was admiring your masterpiece, I thought, “Wow! The time, work, and patience you had invested in it. It had to be quite an undertaking. Extraordinarily beautiful piece of artwork.

    Tasha


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