Created by Meg Wieboldt from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
Title: Amber Waves of Grain
Theme: 100 Years of Agriculture
Materials and techniques used:
I began with a 2×2 piece of plain backing fabric to which I attached various colored fabrics to represent sky, hills, sun and clouds. Bias tape was cut into segments and stitched on top of the hills to represent Kansas wheat fields, the “Amber Waves of Grain.”
The different colors of tape were used to provide texture, movement, and shadow. Black tulle netting was placed over the fabric “picture” and secured with stitching. I found two sunflower-emblazoned dish towels which I had never used, and pieced them for the backing. The piece was finished with black binding.
I wanted to show Kansas wheat fields.
The first two lines from the song “America the Beautiful” immediately came to mind:
“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain. . .”
The wheat fields also represent the Westward expansion of America in the 19th century.
Thank you to the Kansas Humanities Council.
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibits, 100 Years of Agriculture; Past, Present, and Future, and supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas.
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