Melisse Laing

Quilting

Title: “My Battle with Parkinson: Hope”

Size: 20″h x 20w”

Sale price: $700.00

Year completed: 2019

Photo credit: Rich Laing

Materials and techniques: Hand-dyed fabrics; polyester quilting thread. Machine raw-edged “collaged”, machine quilted.

Statement: All of us who have Parkinson have “Hope” that the extensive research that is being done about the disease will come up with a cure soon.

Title: “My Battle with Parkinson: Frustration”

Size: 20″h x19″w

Sale price; $670.00

Year completed: 2019

Photo credit: Rich Laing

Materials and techniques: Fabrics hand-dyed by the artist; polyester quilting thread. Machine “appliqued”; raw-edge “collaged”; machine pieced and quilted.

Statement: I’ve dealt with “Frustration” almost from the day I was diagnosed with Parkinson. I experience it when I’m working in my studio and in everyday life.

Title: “My Battle with Parkinson: Balance 1”

Size: 22″h x 22″w

Sale price: $840.00

Year completed: 2020

Photo credit: Rich Laing

Materials and techniques: Cotton fabrics hand-dyed by Liz Axford and the artist, polyester quilting threads. Machine pieced and quilted

Statement: When I inherited beautiful hand dyed circles by my friend the late Liz Axford, it gave me the opportunity to combine them with some of my fabrics to portray “Balance.” It is one of many Parkinson symptoms that we lose as the disease progresses.

My Battle with Parkinson: Balance 2

Size:   28″h x 22″w x 28″d (approximate depending on arrangement of the 4″ cubes)

Sale price: $800.00

Year completed: 2021

Photo credit: Rich Laing

Materials and techniques: Fabrics hand-dyed by the artist, Pellon fusible ultra-firm stabilizer, polyester and silk quilting threads, pearl cotton, X-Bet Ferrite magnets, permanent markers, Gorilla crystal clear mounting tape. Machine pieced, quilted and couched, hand assembled.

Statement: “Balance” problems have been an increasing concern as my Parkinson increases. In this piece I went three-dimensional to portray these concerns which range from stable to very “tippy.”

Title: “My Battle with Parkinson: Singin’ the Blues”

Size: 23″h x 25″w

Sale price: $875.00

Year completed: 2021

Materials and techniques: Cotton and silk fabrics hand-dyed by the artist, polyester and silk quilting threads, wool thread; permanent markers; Machine collaged, appliqued and couched, painted with markers

Statement: I’ve been a singer (alto) since my youth. I especially enjoyed singing with ensembles and choirs. I mourn (am Blue) that Parkinson has robbed me of my singing voice. But I still love music, everything from classical to jazz.

About Melisse

I was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease more than ten years ago. It’s not a disease that will kill you, but it will be with you for the rest of your life. Each of us who “battle”with this disease have similar and different symptoms. Recently I was compelled to make this series of quilts to pot into reality some of my feelings and concerns.

Contact

For further information on Melisse’s art quilts, go to her website at 
melisselaing.com 

For price information contact her at melisse1960@gmail.com

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