Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Inspired

I've been following Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny's blog for a few months now and I'm inspired by she and Girly Girl's fight with OC. Her online diary really speaks to me in so many ways, including my fear of losing one of my girls at a young age and wondering what decision I would make if either of them was diagnosed with this horrible disease. Thanks to her blog, I found my new favorite greyhound artist, Beth Wade.

Beth's work is inspirational. Mixed metal jewelry is the main focus, but in exploring her site and Facebook fan page I found the most amazing portrait quilts of her greys. I've always wanted to try portrait quilting, but I've never been good at applique, which this method requires a lot of. But the more I look at her pieces the more I want to try to capture Seka's dreamy eyes or Roxy's quirky smile in fabric.

I've thought of ways to keep my girls with me when they are no longer here. I've planned a tattoo of Seka's 3-toed paw and ear number somewhere. Maybe I'll add each dog's ear tattoo to my body art as we adopt and care for more greys. I love the necklace Denise had made in memorial of Spooky. It's on my list as well when the time comes. But, I'm currently looking for some sort of charms for a necklace to remind me of my girls when I can't see them - whether that's traveling for work or play.

I have decided to give this portrait quilting a try. I'll be sure to post my progress, but until then I will just marvel at the artistry and be inspired by Beth's work.

4 comments:

Leigh said...

wanted to let you know that I am having a huge moving sale, so Seka's painting is now $80.

houndstooth said...

I love Beth's jewelry, but I don't own any of it yet! I'll have to look around for her quilt portraits!

Veronica said...

Thanks for the mention of our blog and the kind words. I love Beth's work as well and it was the quilt you picture that first led me to her. I hope she gets more recognition. She donates a portion of the proceeds from her osteosarcoma jewelry to the Ohio State University Greyhound Health program.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Don't plan for death too much! Enjoy life! :-)