Wednesday, May 12, 2010

American Gothic Revisited

American Gothic Revisited by Pam Holland follows the original design painted by Grant Wood in 1930.

Why would an Australian make a quilt featuring an American icon?
This is a memory quilt, made in honor of Pam's dear friend Della Moon, who passed away unexpectedly from a brain tumor.

Pam has a very interesting story to tell, pulling from childhood experiences, to life lessons learned from Della. See Pam's blog post 3/7/2009 to read a more detailed account.

Because of the sentimental value, Pam debated on placing American Gothic Revisited in a juried show. At the encouragement from others, the quilt was submitted and won Best of Show at AQS.

Can't you see why?
It was a treat to be able to get up close to AGR and take detailed pictures of Pam's intricate stitching.
As a side note, Pam relayed to us that she has recieved special permission to be able to duplicate American Gothic into a quilt.


As Pam spoke of her quilts, she mentioned that she likes to have the backs look as good as the fronts.
I meant to ask her why the bandaids covered the faces. She might have done some trapunto work?
Pam left this quote in the comment section:
Hey Nedra... the bandaids are because I had to trapunto the faces... and I just didn't want them to have open wounds... so I covered them up with (fabric) bandaids....!!!!

I still think it adds humor to the piece, which is so much a part of Pam's personality. She loves to laugh and tell a good story.



Another part of the back that greatly interested me, was Pam's creation of a label that spanned in 3 sections along the top.

A history of the original American Gothic, with tribute in Pam's handwriting.
For me, this quilt is a tribute representing two artists who have blended their talents to create beautiful art for our enjoyment.

10 comments:

Material Mary said...

That was so fascinating. I thought it was the picture at first glance. Great work.
Mary

Rae Ann said...

Nedra ~ the only word that could best describe this quilt for me would be ... INCREDIBLE!
We are going to have to get together and visit more about Pam Holland. I want to hear all about this wonderful woman.

Lori Holt said...

words cannot say how immpressive that is....triple WOW!

Sherri said...

This is an amazing quilt...thanks so much for sharing the quilt and its story!

Glenna at Hollyhock Quilts said...

This quilt is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing---

Mel said...

AMAZING!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Notjustnat said...

This one is the best of the best. It's so realistic, I could have been a painting! Thanks for sharing fantastic work - Hugs Nat

Stephanie said...

What an amazing work of art!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

So amazing that It is hard to even find words to express the awe. I just can't believe that kind of talent and precision. I'm jealous of your time spent with her!

Anonymous said...

Hey Nedra... the bandaids are because I had to trapunto the faces... and I just didn't want them to have open wounds... so I covered them up with (fabric) bandaids....!!!!