Friday, June 24, 2011

Quilted Wall Hangings by Unicia Buster

A series of five quilts I did for a show at the VCU Medical Center for Black History Month 2011. "Woolly Afro" is now part of the permanent collection and can be seen on the 8th Floor of Main Hospital by the elevators.
"Woolly Afro" by Unicia Buster (2011)

"Bamboo Locs" by Unicia Buster (2011)

"Bold and Beautiful" by Unicia Buster (2011)

"Afro Mane" by Unicia Buster (2010)

"Snowy Bantu" by Unicia Buster (2010)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Cockatoo Mohawk" by Unicia Buster

This piece was originally this size. I created it using the strip quilting technique using a canvas backing (instead of paper) because I wanted it to be stiff. However, the design to be appliquéd just didn't seem to fit so I doubled it in height.

Now my design fits. The size of the panel is approximately 36"sq. This is far from how it looks now. I have appliquéd on the design and I painted in shadows on the lady with fabric paint. However, in this photo, everything is fabric (no paint yet).

The design comes from my series on natural hairstyles and nature. The cockatoo was a perfect match-up for the mohawk hairstyle. I've decided to complete the texture of the hair and feathers using beads. It will probably take me forever but it will get done.

More pictures to come.