Upon Reaching Middle Age: Grease - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Upon Reaching Middle Age: Grease

© Rose Rushbrooke 2004
82″ w x 62″ h

Pattern: Original fractal design extracted from Julia Set.
Technique: Machine stitched.
Medium: Hand dyed and commercially printed cotton, silk and polyester.

Where did all the fat come from, the cellulite, the double chin, the dangle under the arms, the disappearing waist? Whatever happened to the lithe and slim young body? Middle age came and the grease set in.

The word Grease is machine quilted all over the piece, raising dimples which look like cellulite.

Detail 1 from Upon Reaching Middle Age: Grease - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Detail 1 from Upon Reaching Middle Age: Grease

Here you can see the machine quilting crossing cotton lamé to copper coloured silk fabric.

Detail 2 from Upon Reaching Middle Age: Grease - fractal quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Detail 2 from Upon Reaching Middle Age: Grease