New Work: Ikebana

Ikebana: The practice of Ikebana is centuries old. This ancient art form brings together my lifelong deep connection with our natural world as a medium, as inspiration and love of design. Combined with the written word, my work is taking on new forms and new adventures.

Rhythms
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Harry Lauder
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Balancing Act
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A Starry Night
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Free Form
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Standing Tall
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Bamboo Installation at NC Arboretum
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Circling
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Paintings and Sculpture with Hand Felted Wool

I have been working with natural materials as inspiration and source for over 30 years. What preceded this body of work was working with paint, color, drawing and sculpture in stone. I like the tactile quality, complexity and simplicity of the process of working with wool; inventing and experimenting with new techniques and seeing new forms and textures emerge. Much like paint the physical involvement of this process is engaging. Working in an intuitive, meditative manner I allow each new piece to develop by listening and responding to the colors, tactile qualities, textures and the melody within me. There is something to discover with each new piece. The resultant work is abstract and symbolic. It is my hope that you the observer will become engaged and will discover your own meanings and that each piece will continue to invite you back to make new discoveries.

Rock Face
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Night Owl
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Mountains To The Sea
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Poppies and Pansies
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Forest Parquet
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Rootage
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Crystal Cavern
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Detail of Crystal Cavern
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Paisley
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Shelter
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Nesting
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Detail of Emergence
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Handcuts

In this new series I am cutting and drawing with my scissors and the needle of my sewing machine. Each handcut is unique and cannot be duplicated. I work spontaneously, constantly improvising. Movement, transformation and finding the balance between the natural world and humankind inspires the work.

Tea Leaf Tango
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Detail of Tea Leaf Tango
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Detail of Tea Leaf Tango
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Mambo Into Spring
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Detail of Mambo Into Spring
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Detail of Mambo Into Spring
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Commission for Four Flames Healing, Asheville, NC
Grace

Four Flames Healing uses gems and mineral as part of the healing process. Hand dyed silk, gems, minerals, hand and machine stitched.

Grace
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Detail of Grace
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Detail of Grace
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“Intimacy and Contemplation” exhibited at the University of NC at Asheville March, 2011

This new work addresses the notion of intimacy, contemplation and experience. I like the idea of contrasting handwork with technology, of drawing with the needle and colors of thread and using the digital process to develop and print on silk. The size of the image invites intimacy. Through the stitch I reconnect with observations and conversations with the natural environment. To view more images from this series please contact me directly.

Into the Mist
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Detail of Into the Mist
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Detail of Into the Mist
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Wedding Art Quilt Commission

Guests were invited to bring a piece of cloth to contribute to the wedding quilt. Working with over 100 different types of textile, I worked intuitively always searching for a balance between the relationships of colors, textures and rhythm. The quilting incorporates designs inspired by the patterns in the textiles as well as the architecture in the home of my clients.


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Landscapes
 

October Dance
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Grove
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Spring Creek
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Series
A new form evolves from an old tradition: In this more abstract body of work are studio art quilts that reveal memory and experience. Working in constant partnership with repurposed cloth, I stitch layer upon layer until the surface reveals its own voice. On close observation the viewer may discover photographic images, hand and machine stitched marks as well as found, collected objects and natural materials. It is my hope that the viewer will enter the work and make their own discoveries.

View of Pisgah
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View of Pisgah detail 1
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View of Pisgah detail 2
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On The First Floor
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Sunset
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Alchemy
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God's Little Acres 1
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God's Little Acres 2
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God's Little Acres 3
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Leaf Dance
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Spring
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Celebration in the Forest
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Celebration in the Forest
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Celebration in the Forest
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Tea Ceremony
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Tea Ceremony detail
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Leaf Play
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Leaf Play detail
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River Walk
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River Walk detail
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River Walk detail 2
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Dawn Enters Forest
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Dawn Enters Forest (details)
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Silent Pools
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A tribute to Jazz Musician, Marian McPartland

Dancing With The Wind
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Crop Circles
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Grotto in Green
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House in the Garden
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Prayer Pods
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Spring House
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These Mountains, These Forests
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Quiet Memories
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Quiet Memories
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A tribute to a friend and colleague who died of AIDS. Jim was an Interior Designer, gardener and lover of beauty and life. We spent time visiting museums, galleries and exploring the architecture in New York City.

Where Hope Comes From (full) Where Hope Comes From (detail)
This quilt was stitched and embellished before, during and after September 11th. Each stitch was a prayer. It is what sustained me as I awaited phone calls from loved ones and friends.

Composing A Life
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Composing A Life
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Composing A Life
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The sea where life began continues to hold much mystery. I was reminded that we are more than the surface of the water and that creative approaches to living enrich our experience.     

Metamorphis (full) Metamorphis (detail)
A reflection of a lifetime of visual conversations about the mysteries of the natural world.

Where Roots Run Deep (full) Where Roots Run Deep (detail)

Lavender Lagoon
As I sat by the pond I was inspired by its beauty and aliveness. Suddenly, feelings of thankfulness for this environment, now a bird sanctuary, emerged as I remembered that on this site a strip mall had been proposed.

 

All designs, images, and text © 2015 Norma Bradley Earth Quilt Designs
For information or to arrange a presentation or workshop, please contact Norma at 828-273-7509 or
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