The Iris

Iris NirvanaIris Nirvana

As I look deep into your eyes, I see the beauty. Every detail is reflected like a mirror into the soul, echoing the peace-filled Nirvana and the end to all suffering.

Last summer, much to my surprise a beautiful iris came to bloom in my yard. I was fascinated with the flower. I never really looked at one so closely before. I did my best to photograph deep into the throat of the bloom.

The sunlight filtered through the thin skin of the petals and created a cavernous tunnel with the pistol standing so proud deep within. The flower appeared to glow. I was fascinated and took loads of photographs. I knew I would re-create this image in fabric, it was just a matter of time.

The iris, also the name for the colored ring of our eyes; the windows  of our world. The iris also surrounds the dark cavernous pupil of the eye. If you look into someone’s eyes you are drawn into the deep pools of darkness, they speak in their own silent language and draw you into the conversation.

I don’t usually get so “deep” in thought about my quilts…but I am with Iris Nirvana. Looking at the image you can understand why two different objects could carry the same name; the eye and the bloom. They both have the ability to draw you in and capture you.


Iris Nirvana has been accepted in the PAQA-South 2013 Member Exhibit, ARTQUILTSfreezeframe
September 26-October 20, 2013
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop  Cary, NC 27513