Textile artist Chris Wolf Edmonds has been busy the past couple of months creating seven original quilt blocks that will be presented to this year's Phoenix Awards winners.
The awards ceremony is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lawrence Visitor Information Center at the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence. The awards are presented each year by the Lawrence Arts Commission to recognize outstanding achievements in the arts in the Lawrence community.
Edmonds, rural Lawrence, said the design of the quilt blocks combines the images of fall leaves and a flame, a symbol used in the Lawrence logo and associated with the rise of the mythical phoenix.
"For the arrangements of the shapes, I went back to the twisted square (quilt pattern), which allows me to add several layers of color and fabric," she said.
To create the quilt blocks, Edmonds first paints the fabric and then uses a fabric-creasing technique that allows the paint to migrate as the water evaporates during the drying process. She uses hand-carved wood blocks to add more designs to the fabric and then cuts the edges with a decorative blade.
The quilt blocks are mounted on a painted, quarter-inch-thick board. Plexiglas goes over the blocks. A plaque on the back of the award lists the winner's name.
Edmonds is known internationally for her innovative quilt designs. In addition to creating this year's Phoenix Award, Edmonds is sending three of her works to the "30 Distinguished Quilt Artists in the World" exhibition in Japan and is planning an exhibit in June at the Wichita Center for the Arts. She also is finishing up a handmade book about a "zebra who wishes for a zipper," a Christmas gift for her 2-year-old grandson.