|Last Flight from Taipei|
My thoughts kept returning to 'family' as, despite only having a small family, they play a very large part in my life and therefore, memories.
'Last Flight from Taipei' relates to a specific time - midnight on Monday July 28, 2008, when Typhoon Fung-wong was crossing directly over Taiwan. My son was due to leave Taipei on a flight to Hong Kong around that time. He had been in contact with me in the hours prior to departure and I could hear the noise of the terrible wind, even over the phone to Australia.
At the time I was watching the typhoon's progress via internet satellite, and saved a snapshot of the storm. As it turned out, his flight was one of the last to leave Taipei International Airport before it closed while the eye of the storm passed over.
|Detail 1 - Last Flight from Taipei|
My quilt represents the passage of the typhoon over Taiwan, moving towards mainland China. Taiwan and The Philippines are hidden below the storm clouds and the aircraft, positioned over Taipei, represents the insignificance of man-made things in the face of the powerful force of nature.
The quilt measures 15 x 15" and is constructed with hand dyed and commercial cottons, using raw edge appliqué, with cotton, rayon and metallic thread. Quilting is used to suggest the pattern of isobars on the weather map at the time.
|Detail 2 - Last Flight from Taipei|
|Detail 3 - Last Flight from Taipei|
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