Art quilting is my passion. I love exploring its boundaries; adding textural, sculptural, hand-dyed, hand-painted, and embellished elements. Nothing makes my day better, unless it is doing the same, with friends. I also like to garden, paint with watercolour, draw, knit, hike, and cook.
Thursday, 17 January 2013
Width: 120 cm Height: 158 cm
This large wall hanging depicts a pottery mask made for me by my mother. The mask, with its bark like texture, watches over the garden from its vantage among the maple leaves. The central panel is a densely woven Egyptian cotton that I painted using Pebeo Setacolour pigment dyes. This is extremely difficult to do without the dyes bleeding all over! However, I've developed a technique that doesn't involve adding thickening mediums which can stiffen the fabric. The border is first dyed with procion dyes, then stamped using my favourite method; styrofoam meat tray and silk screen paints. They leave a lovely soft hand to the fabric. I free motion machine quilted the piece with polyester embroidery threads. Highlights are done with oil sticks. Cotton batting interior and the backing is hand-dyed with commercial fabric inserts.
This photo shows the main panel after the painting is completed:
The next photo shows the centre panel with the dyed border added.
The next photo shows the quilting texture on the central panel.