Susan Slesinger – Horizon
For this challenge, Horizon, I chose to use a specific type of horizon, which is different from the way we normally think of a horizon in everyday terms. An Event Horizon is the boundary marking the limits of a black hole. Nothing inside the event horizon can escape or cross the boundary, including light.
In April 2019 astronomers shared the first photograph taken of the shadow of a black hole in the Messier 87 galaxy, and its surrounding event horizon. The shadow of the black hole is the closest that we can get to seeing the actual black hole, an object so dense that no light can escape from it. The Event Horizon telescope (www.eventhorizontelescope.org) is actually a planet wide array of eight ground based radio-telescopes forged through international cooperation. This collaboration resulted in the science producing the photograph.
It seemed that the release of this photograph when I was looking for a subject for this challenge was fortuitous, and it led to my choice of subject. I chose to mark the release of this photograph, achieved through international cooperation in this quilt. This is my interpretation of the photograph.
Techniques: Fabric painting, raw edge fusible machine applique, decorative machine stitching, couching, machine quilting
Materials: Commercially printed cotton fabrics, , 100% cotton batting, Jacquiard Luniere paint, novelty knitting yarns, Wonderfil Invisifil© polyester thread. Wonderfil Glamore© Rayon and metallic thread, Wonderfil Decobob polyester thread, variegated cotton thread.
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