BIRDS ON WIRES
Vintage watch parts hand-stitched onto muslin quilt
23" x 33" framed
For this piece, I embroidered vintage watch parts onto fabric. Mechanical watch parts are exquisitely tooled to create a remarkably sophisticated machine. When the light catches them, they sparkle like jewels. When sewn onto fabric, they remind me of calligraphy or hieroglyphics. I also love working with watch parts because they provide such a beautiful metaphor for so many aspects of life.
Each mechanical watch includes a piece that is called a balance cock. To me, it looks like a bird. When I take a watch apart, the "birds" go into their own container so I can use them to create bird quilts.
This mini-quilt is in a walnut floating frame with conservation glass.