Helen Hazon – Country – Flora/Fauna
Inspiration: the beautiful lotus flower and the iconic elephant, both important in the history, art and culture of India.
The decision for one part of my design was easy – elephants! These have always been my favourite animals and I have built a huge collection of them over many years – I think I now have around 900! Elephants have appeared in many aspects of Indian life for centuries. I have chosen to show them plain grey and beautiful as they are seen in the wild and when employed in farming or forestry. My large elephant is dressed for ceremonial duties.
Choosing flowers was a little more difficult because there are so many wonderful varieties in India. I decided on the pink lotus because it is beautiful and because it is a motif that has been used in many paintings, fabric designs and religious icons throughout much of Indian history.
In making this quilt I kept all the constants of my India series – fabric, threads, stitches – and added the traditional shisha mirror motif with sequins and beads for sparkle. All fabrics and threads are cotton.