Runway Lights, Rainy Night | Fiber Arts

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Medium:Natural Fiber
Dimensions:56"  x 58"
Weight:2 lbs
Delivery Format:2D Artwork
Additional Description:Rainy nights often bring unusual lighting effects. The glistening runways and deep, warm darkness outside the lighted areas made wonderful contrasts visible. Medium: textiles, cotton and metallic thread, batting. Techniques: machine piecing, hand applique, machine texturing with cotton and metallic threads.
One rainy night in 2007, my plane landed and taxied towards the Denver Airport Terminal. Its textile roof glows: stretched fabric, like Rocky mountain peaks. Reflections of puddles and bright runway lights spin with the plane’s rotation. I sketch a triptych of views. My young seatmate sits up, startled, as they appear so quickly on my scratch paper.
Artist StatementThe process of design behind one of my works may be described as glimpsing some striking image that inspired me to go in some direction. Might be a specific, like a moment in time (my works ‘Originating’ and ‘Flowing’ embody this) or a rough barked, beautiful tree (‘Ironbark’) or a light effect (‘Second Balcony’, the two ‘Bay Bridge Lights’); dark lighting, underwater mood (‘Benthos’, Darkness Visible’).
Artist BiographyNancy Bardach is a full time art quilter and a retired Architect. She has a B.A. from Harvard University Extension and a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. As a licensed architect, she worked for 25 years in the S.F. Bay Area. She says, “My training and experiences have always informed my art. I try to capture effects of natural & created lighting and of movement. For me, the freedom to employ color and complicated textures are additional rewards of fabric art.
Harvard University Extension - AB|Graduated
University of California, Berkeley - MArch|Graduated
What I Love Doing
Growing things in my garden. Cooking delicious meals. Reading. Playing with my grandchildren. Getting into my studio and designing -- going with the flow of work to create beautiful pieces of art. Doing things with friends. Traveling and visiting friends and family with my husband, Gene. Meeting new artists and talking with the ones I know.
What I Find Beautiful
Natural phenomena of all kinds; growing things and creatures especially when they are young and delicate; sunlight shining almost anywhere; a completed pieced-fabric design after sewing the design together; texturing the final quilt --- with batting added to increase the depth (loft) and meaning of the linear patterns I sketch into the finished piece.
My Favorite Memory
The moments in life when you can see a young child learning a new thing. I felt awe the day I watched my first child, Elizabeth, reach out for a toy on the back of the sofa cushion and her hand went right to it! No more vague grasping, wavering to find the depth... wow! For me, realizing concretely what children can learn to achieve is more powerful than just knowing it in concept.
My Favorite Art Style
My love of light and movement comes as a natural complement to my love of Impressionism, especially in its brighter, clearer-colored forms. I also like the elegance of Japanese art, bold sculptural forms, and the newer, swirling painting styles that pick up on emotion-filled Baroque (or W.M. Turner) skyscapes.
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Artwork Medium Natural Fiber
Artwork Underlying Themes Beauty, Change, Faith - in self, Growing Up, Inner Strength, Life - accumulation of experiences, Love for a - place, Nature - as beauty, Progress, Renewal, Success
Creative Style No
Collections No
Recipient Coach, Colleague, Child, Couple, Grandparent, Family Members, Friend, Parent, Teen, Teacher, Significant Other
Personality Type Animal Lovers, Art Lovers, Athletic, Bookworms, City Slickers, Film Buffs, Foodies, Intellectuals, Music Lovers, Nature Lovers
Subject Matter Aerial