Susan Slesinger – Motion


Johannes Kepler (1571-1630 was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer.  He built upon the heliocentric model developed by Copernicus.  Keppler derived three laws of motion.  Sir Isaac Newton later showed that relationships like Kepler’s would apply in the Solar System to a good approximation, as a consequence of his own laws of motion and laws of gravity. 

Keppler’s laws of motion are:

  1. The orbit of a planet is an ellipse with the Sun at one of the two foci.
  2. A line segment joining a planet and the Sun sweeps out equal areas during equal intervals of time.
  3. The square of the orbital period of a planet is proportional to the cube of the semi major axis of its orbit.

Kepplers laws are part of the foundation of modern physics and astronomy.

Motion illustrates Keppler’s first law of motion showing that the planets rotate around the sun in elliptical orbits. 

Materials:  Hand dyed cotton fabric, commercially printed cotton fabric, cotton batik fabric.  Polyester thread. Cotton batting.

Techniques used:  Hand dyeing, machine applique, machine embroidery, machine quilting, and machine couching.

 Close up View:

  1. Well done, the design is certainly one of motion and the addition of the words create a strong pictorial quilt.

  2. I just love this idea and so different to every one else. The hand dyeing is beautiful.

  3. A very scientific approach that sticks to the theme. I like your text with machine embroidery.

  4. Another different interpretation — and I’ve just learned something new too (Kepler’s Laws, which I’m sure I took in school eons ago…but had long forgotten!) The hand-dyed background has such lovely movement itself, making it just right for this piece.

  5. Very good interpretation! I love the text in your quilt. Very in-depth.

  6. An original take on the subject which is well executed.

  7. I love the embroidered text in your quilt. The design is very strong. Beautiful.

  8. A complete different approach of the theme. The text is well done.

  9. What a good idea to go to the scientific laws of motion for your design. The background colour is lovely and your stitching is beautiful

  10. What a nice background colour, it gives much strength to the rest of the design. Great interpretation of motion, completed with a nice text. Beautiful piece!

  11. A very different take on the theme. I particularly like the background colour that sets off the planets so well, also the use of text.

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