RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases.
This year RARE Science is partnering with TQS (and a number of other great organizations) to bring you... the FIRST Ever Celebrity RARE Bear Auction! This is your opportunity to own a signed bear made by the quilt world's most talented artists while helping a great cause.
Meet "Angel Heart" by Lyric Kinard
The cloth for Angel Heart is very subtly dyed, then screen-printed with an image of the handwritten notation of a fiddle tune collected by a folklorist in the Appalachian Mountains. This cloth was also used as the background for "Bach Suite I," my favorite quilt creation so far. It features a hand painted cello with the same wings as my bear… beautifully patterned but tattered and worn.
There is something soaring and soulful about the imagery of tattered wings. Perhaps they still fly, perhaps not. If you are a musician you know that the appearance or age of the instrument does not determine the beauty of the music it produces. It is the soul and the struggle of the hand that touches it, joined with the skill of the craftsman who created the instrument, that creates soaring beauty. It is the support of the teachers who taught the musician and the craftsman. It is all of these people coming together with their talent, their inordinate amounts of time and sacrifice, to share the music that uplifts us and soars. Even a battered old instrument can produce soaring melodies with the touch of a master.
The children who suffer from rare diseases have bodies who might feel broken and tattered like the wings of this bear, but their souls are touched by dedicated masters. Their parents, their doctors, the researchers and those who contribute funds so that research can take place - they are all masters that struggle and labor and sacrifice so that these souls, the precious souls, can have a chance to live and perhaps have the chance to share the song of their futures with a world that needs their beauty.
Star Members can watch Lyric in Show 1710: Conquering Abstract Fears.
Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award-winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students posses. With playful support and gentle encouragement, she will take you through your first steps on a new path, seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. As an artist, author, and educator, she transforms cloth into art in her studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom.
Lyric was recognized for her talents as the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year and is the author of the book Art + Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises. She has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV and The Quilt Show, and has two DVD Workshops, Surface Design Sampler Platter, and Bead It Like You Mean It.
She has studied with many well known textile artists around the country and continues to expand her skills in the area of surface design. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Utah and has also formally studied music and architecture. She currently lives in Cary, North Carolina with her husband and some of their five children.