Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Grand Gallery of SAQA Europe/Middle East's Contributions to the Benefit Auction 2014

Fenella Davies (Italy)

I've been making quilts based on Venice for about 10 years - mostly based on the effects of age and time on the buildings and walls, coupled with the reflections the waters of the canals make on the palazzos and architecture there.

The Sunken Boat - Detail 1

My current work has been moving more into collage - a lot of layering of fabrics, which I have already hand stitched, and then heavily painted over.  This piece came about from watching dredging of the lagoon in Venice, and the sudden slow appearance of something being revealed just under the water - the sunken boat.....and the question - was it an accident, or deliberate?

The Sunken Boat - Detail 2

This piece is cotton, hand stitched, then painted heavily over,  and ripped to reveal 'the boat'.

This quilt will be up for auction in section 3 of the Benefit Auction, beginning on Sept. 29th . Help support SAQA, and at the same time build your art quilt collection by bidding often!


  1. I love the mystery of this piece.

  2. I saw this one and was amazed at how realistic you had made it. The layers and overpainting have really worked to show something revealed from the murky water. What an experience to be there just when they were dredging!