Sunday, January 29, 2017

Q147 – Memorial to Dag Hammarskjöld – New Quilt

Good Day,

Today Andy and I would like to present to our 147th quilt, Memorial to Dag Hammarskjöld.

Memorial to Dag Hammarskjöld
JS AB - 2016
Our work is also a tribute to Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth and her sculpting prowess. The intent of our quilt is a reproduction of her 21-foot sculpture as it stands in the Plaza of the United Nations Building.

Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth, DBE, an English artist, and sculptor was born January 10, 1903, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. Her parents were Herbert and Gertrude (née Johnson.) Hepworth. It could be said that in her formative years Barbara was exposed to the elements of art and structure as she, as the eldest child, used to accompany her father who was a civil engineer and later a County Surveyor. Apart from a general early education with an acceleration in music, she, in the year 1921-24 studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London. Her art and sculpture education continued in Paris, Rome, Florence, and Tuscany.

In 1933 Barbara Hepworth was invited by August Herbin and Jean Hélion to become a member of the Paris-based group Abstraction-Création. Continuing that year, and back in London, Hepworth the only woman included in the company of 9 male artists and architects co-founded the Unit One movement group. Unit One was ‘’to stand for the expression of a truly contemporary spirit, for that thing which is recognized as peculiarly of today in painting, sculpture, and architecture.” The movement sought to unite surrealism and abstraction in British art. Hepworth also helped raise awareness of continental artists amongst the British public.

Between the years 1928 through 2006, Barbara Hepworth exhibited and participated in well over 110 museums, galleries, shows in many of parts of the world in various countries and venues in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Exhibits and shows crediting her tremendous work and portfolio continue to this day.

In the late 1940s, at the invitation of the surgeon Norman Carpener, she was invited to view surgical procedures and, between 1947-1949, she produced nearly eighty drawings of operating rooms in chalk, ink, and pencil. Barbara Hepworth was fascinated by the similarities between surgeons and artists, stating: "There is, it seems to me, a close affinity between the work and approach of both physicians and surgeons, and painters and sculptors.” The Hospital Drawings offer a unique insight into the little-known aspect of one of Britain’s best-loved sculptors. These revealed her skill as a draftsperson and revealed how drawing was an important means of exploring forms that influenced her practice as a sculptor. The drawings also revealed her tremendous affinity and aptitude for narrative realism.

Barbara Hepworth lived at Trewyn Studios in the United Kingdom from 1949 until her death in 1975. She said that "Finding Trewyn Studio was sort of magic. Here was a studio, a yard, and garden where I could work in open air and space." During this period, Hepworth moved away from working only in stone or wood and began to work with bronze and clay.

Hepworth like many other woman artists had to cope with the fact that her femaleness automatically was interpreted as a weakness. She excelled in not conforming by creating strength and beauty as a subset of a man’s world. Barbara Hepworth was an artist and sculptor who reworked the world as she saw it as a woman.

One of her most prestigious works is Single Form, which was made in memory of her friend and collector of her works, the former Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld, and which stands in the plaza of the United Nations building in New York City. It was commissioned by Jacob Blaustein, a former United States delegate to the U.N., in 1961 following Hammarskjöld's death in a plane crash.

Barbara Hepworth died in an accidental fire at her Trewyn studios on May 20, 1975, at the age of 72.

Our quilt Memorial to Dag Hammarskjöld is a composite and an experiment of our strip-piecing and appliqué work. It is our attempt to present an appeared combination of glass, fabric, and bronze.

The dimensions of our new quilt are 18” wide by 30” long. It is composed of 100% cotton. is created using 100% cotton fabrics, both of solid colors and batik work. It is a pieced quilt in the form of a mosaic using squares and rectangles and applique techniques.

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Jim and Andy

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