Meg Wieboldt (Winthrop Harbor, IL) and Lynn Johnston (Kenosha, WI)

Meg Wieboldt (Winthrop Harbor, IL) and Lynn Johnston (Kenosha, WI)

Meg Wieboldt (Winthrop Harbor, IL) and Lynn Johnston (Kenosha, WI)

Created by Meg Wieboldt (Winthrop Harbor, IL) and Lynn Johnston (Kenosha, WI)

Title: The Night Sky

Theme: Astronomy

Materials and techniques: Lynn Johnston made the suggestion of the woman figure reading a book about the Universe. She made a drawing from a photograph for the central figure. The drawing was handed off to Meg who used cloth-faced printer sheets run through an inkjet printer to prep the figure for the panel. Fusible web and stitching were used to attach the design elements (central figure plus pre-printed fabric panels) to the background. Thread painting and Sharpie pen marker design completed the panel, which was then covered with a protective layer of tulle.

Did you enjoy this project? Yes! Artists so often work alone, that it is a pleasure and challenge to work with another creative soul!

About: This panel is a dual artistic collaboration between Meg Wieboldt (Illinois textile artist) and Lynn Johnston (Wisconsin artist). We dedicate this panel to the memory of our mothers–Jean N. Shedd (1924-1992) and Florence D. Johnston (1927-2002) — who inspired us with their love, and with their curiosity about the world around them. Just as a mother is the center of her child’s life, we decided to have a female figure as the central focal point of the panel. She is reading a book about the Universe, and surrounded by representations of the planets, the moon, and other galaxies. The background fabric features major known stars including those related to our mothers’ astrological signs (Capricornus and Scorpius). We each have memories of watching the landing on the moon with our mothers, as well as watching eclipses using the pinhole in the cardboard box technique.