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by Lancaster, PA artist Melissa Carroll, QuiltGem Greeting Cards
begin with her original fine art photograph of a gem, rock or mineral
from the extensive collection of her late father, John M. Ward.
The artist uses each mineral's natural cubic, conical, pyramidal
or hexagonal geometry as the basic shape and inspiration for each
image. By manipulating the mineral's colors, textures and natural
shapes, the artist uses these shapes as a guideand "stitches"
portions of detail from the photograph to create the repeated, quilt-inspired
design to create the final art for QuiltGem Cards.
father possessed a lifelong passion for nature, geology and photography.
His vast rock and mineral collection is as diverse as it is beautiful.
He had a wish: to photograph these beautiful mineralstheir
colors, textures and shapesto show their natural beauty in
an original way. Unfortunately, his untimely passing meant that
his dream of producing original images would go unfinished. Our
shared love of photography and the beauty in nature has called me
to photograph his collection and design these cards in his memory.
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