"Time Lapse Moon Rise," 18" x 30", made by Pam Geisel, 2015
I was recently notified that my art quilt "Time Lapse Moon Rise," which I made back in August of 2015, was accepted for the "Fly Me to the Moon" art quilt exhibit. The exhibit is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of man's walk on the moon. 175 pieces were selected and will travel for through 2019. Locations are still being finalized. There is also a book being planned, but final selection hasn't been determined for that yet.
Organizer Susanne Miller Jones created a list of desired topics for quilts including: Memories of July 20, 1969, the Apollo Missions, the Apollo Astronauts, Scientific Moon Images, Moon Idioms and Songs, Moon Pop Culture, Romantic Moon, and Moon Myths and Superstitions.
I started by searching for images of the moon and came across time lapse photos taken of the moon rising. I was intrigued by both the way the colors of the moon rising changed and also how, because of the rotation of the earth, the moon rose at an angle.
Depending on what time of day the moon rises, it will appear different colors. If it rises early in the evening, where it is still daylight, the moon can appear more red, partially because of the particles in the atmosphere. As the sky darkens it provides more contrast for the moon, so it becomes whiter. This is why the sky in my quilt blends from lighter, where the moon is lower, to darker, where the moon is higher.
I also noticed that the colors of the moon weren’t solid in the different times, but they seemed to blend into each other. The background shapes and the designs in the quilting are squares and rectangles were planned to contrast with the roundness of the moon(s).
You can click on any of the photos to see them larger. To read more about the exhibit and the book, click here.