In a recent blogger’s Place Challenge I was given The Angel of the North. Now, when this huge sculpture was erected over 20 years ago, it seems it wasn’t very popular, saying it was very dowdy.
Well I thought I might brighten it up a bit.
The Angel of the North was completed in 1998, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across. The wings are angled 3.5 degrees forward to create, according to Gormley, “a sense of embrace”. The angel, like much of Gormley’s other work, is based on a cast of his own body.
It stands on a hill at Low Eighton in Lamesley parish, overlooking the A1 and A167 roads and the East Coast Main Line rail route, south of the site of Team Colliery.
On studying the Angel I quickly noticed all the sections…aha…patchwork!
I delved into my stash box and found some colourful scraps to play with.
I copied a photo off Google Images and enlarged it! I then traced it onto Bondaweb….numbered the squares…I know! You can guess the rest…
Cut out all the shapes from various bright fabrics.
Traced the outline onto the sky fabric and then placed them into position, and tried not to sneeze!
Painstakingly removed all the paper backing and ironed into position.
I anchored the patches with a few rows of raw edge applique.
Layered it up and quilted around the edges and squares, accentuating with some more wings with a frixion pen for rough guidance.
Added a jazzy binding to finish…what do you think?