Whether you live in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, July is a good time to head to a beach (either to cool off or to warm up). Alternatively, you can enjoy the seashore through the work of one outstanding textile artist: Iris Sonnenschein. Based in Massachusetts, Iris finds her inspiration in nature, music and works of art. She excels in combining textures and colors to evoke a sense of place, as seen in the beautiful sand and sea quilts in her nature gallery.
Made in the Shade, 26.5 x 39.5, by Iris Sonnenschein, at Iris Quilts
We love these colorful striped umbrellas and the wavy sand. Tiny sailboats dot the horizon, adding to this peaceful scene. Iris says: "The idea of creating a piece of art that can be touched, and can reflect a mood or a moment, feeds my creative energies; working with clients to create art that speaks uniquely to them, feeds my spirit."
Solitude, 27 x 23.5", by Iris Sonnenschein, at Iris Quilts
After creating "Surf Sound" for the Yawkey Family Inn (see her Public Art gallery), Iris Sonnenschein created this larger quilt with a red Adirondack chair at the ocean's edge. Small areas of the quilt have overlays of organza to create patches of shimmering sand.
While you are browsing the Iris Quilts website, don't miss her absolutely delightful Goddesses (you'll see "Nature Goddesses" and "Wild Women") and her magical Figures. You'll see couples who float and fly over the land in a manner reminiscent of Chagall.
Image credits: Images are shown with the generous permission of Iris Sonnenschein. You can also see her work at the Homegrown-Studios in the seaside community of Rockport, Massachusetts.