When I build the city in fabric I will start at "the bridge", the Coronado Bridge. Now I recognize many of the interesting buildings that live in San Diego's downtown. The bridge took me on an art quilt journey all of it's own. I grew up with that iconic image of San Diego, the Coronado bridge like an anchor to the downtown skyline on the left, the island of Coronado sprawled out on it's right. From my grandma's window I could see everything while carefully balancing the old binoculars between my little face and the old, giant, creaking panes of glass. It was three stories up and perched high on the hillside in Point Loma, the naval base below before Liberty Station the neighborhood ever existed.
Gazing into the the night sky the most prominent building was the Emerald Plaza and it's hex ensemble of structures. Even with the whole city of San Diego lit up around it and the deep, black bay waters reflecting the green shapes capping each tower. It seems old now but back then it represented the cutting edge of architecture to my youthful eyes.
I'm climbing the tallest building in San Diego's downtown, the "Phillips Head" screwdriver building,One American Plaza. The outer shell is a grid of tiny rectangles tapering off to a nipple-like cap at the very top. The shape is that of a giant tool ready to pluck out of place, repair a mega-giant problem then fit neatly back into the tool kit that is San Diego's profile. We also have a set of "Twin Towers" here in San Diego, I'm not sure how they fit into the city's repair bag. I guess you have to dissect the city one building at a time to find out the secrets hidden in plain sight.
Large hotels dominate the scene from a far away glance, high up on the Hyatt views of the bay take any lookers breath away. The set of towers angle at the tops into a flathead screwdriver type tip, sloped and pointy. Closest to the edge of the water with marinas below and a walkable wharf, a genuine tourists' delight. As a local I know it's worth the wait to get a window seat at Anthony's Fish Grotto, the Gaslamp combusted a long time ago and Little Italy could take you several days to eat your way up and down a single city block. The San Diego art quilt is really coming to life, more research needed.
I have made art quilts with realistic guitars, button eyed fish, wild bird themed or renditions of flowers from my garden. Morning Glories with random stripes of pink and purple, "Coconut-Ice" Sunflowers and the brightest pink Hollyhocks all laid out in fabric. Nature itself so inspiring I could sew on and on, reproducing the flowers like a wanna-be Georgia O'Keefe with a Singer sewer instead of palette and canvas. Now for this urban outline the most challenging so far I see the man made beauties as one giant "Inspector Gadget" project. Every tool has a spot and each high rise fits perfectly into it's designated block.
Maybe next I'll rebuild the Taj Majal. I've always been attracted to the mysterious architecture of the Middle East. I'll try anything with my needles and threads. It's a research project and a test of skill add a new technique and you have many tedious hours of creative fun. Reverse appliqué, iron on adhesive but it's too stiff, pins, tape, glue it won't do. I have my ways, after many experiments I've become adept at attaching fabric to fabric adorn with thread and show others my view. to edit.