Created by Meg Wieboldt, Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
Title: Birds of a Feather
Theme: Conservation (Nature, animals, etc)
Participants: Although the panel is my own creation, I would like to extend thanks to Myra E. for the seabird mola; Jean S. for the peacock pillow cover; and Janet S. for feedback on the panel design.
Materials: Fabric and tulle; stitched together. Stenciling.
MOLAS made by Kuna Indians, St. Blas Islands, Panama. The owl-like bird mola was made by Nuna. The maker of the seabird mola is unknown. Traditionally, molas are/were panels on Kuna women’s dresses.
PEACOCK pillow cover and vintage background BLOCK PRINT are from India.
About: This panel represents the on-going need for world wildlife and habitat conservation. I chose bird-related textiles from Panama and India to represent habitats from around the world. The stenciled words–CONSERVE, FRAGILE and HABITAT– are intentionally in bold, black lettering, as a contrast to the beauty and refinement of the textiles. I wanted the words to impart an urgency, and awareness of the need for world wildlife and habitat conservation.
Did you enjoy working on this project? Yes. I especially enjoyed creating this project panel because it allowed me to incorporate (“recycle”) other artisans’ work into my own.