Thursday, 17 January 2013

Jungle Mask

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.

Here is the completed quilt.

And here is a close-up of some detail.


1 comment:

  1. Wow Terry! This one has a really nice impact, I love the quilting and texture!

    Yeah! I now get emails when you add an entry to your blog. But, do you get them when someone posts a comment?