Els Mommers – Country – Landscape
PANAMA: SAN BLAS ISLANDS/GUNA YALA
The San Blas Islands are situated off the North coast of Panama . It is an archipelago of 365 islands, of which only 49 are inhabited.
The inhabited islands are completely covered with dwellings, the other islands are of a tropical beauty with white sand beaches and palm trees. I wanted to show the beauty of these uninhabited islands, with some mountains of the mainland in the distance.
In front three Guna Indians in their cayuco (paddling canoe) that is so typical for this environment. Before painting the sea with turquoise fabric paint I first fist painted a pearlescent white as an under layer. White glitter paint is added for the waves.
For the sandy beach I used coarse pumice gel to get some texture. After painting I added a layer of gel medium. The outline of the cayuco and the Indians is machine sewed. Boat and Indians are painted with acrylic pens. The red/orange scarves are fused.
Under the boat is shimmering organza and tulle, as is on the shore. Some painted and heated cellophane is added for the foam around the rock.
I again incorporated a traditional mola piece on the left side . This time it is part of a collar that was especially made for me on a T-shirt.
The whole piece is machine quilted.
Looking at this piece makes me homesick and grateful for all the times that I was able to spend there.
Pictures of the whole process can be seen on my blog: