18. Jan, 2019

The Steve McCurry Portraits

There is Steve in the middle with the eight portraits I have thread painted around him. I laid these out on the deck to get an idea of how I might organise them. Because the concept for the quilt changed over time and I took out 2 of my own photos (both women) and accidentally replaced them with two make photos there is a gender imbalance now but I am not going to worry too much about that. It is the dignity and interest in the faces that I wanted to capture. We have so much in the west and most of these people have very little and yet there is something in their faces that transcends their plights and speaks of the greater human condition. Being able to capture those moments is Steve McCurry's gift to us and I have been honoured to be allowed to use the images in my quilt. I need to make the backing now - it will be teabags stamped and painted with gel medium so it looks like aged leather or parchment