Designing and working through the process.
When I create a new ‘Significant‘ Quilt, I spend time auditioning the process. It helps me get my head to my place of confidence.
I’m not a Textile artist who works in a single genre, I like to explore the extraordinary and implement the ordinary in my own way.
I decided to create the arm and hand of the old woman. Should I do it in block colors? or realistically?
I used my iPad pro and adobe sketch to outline the colors of the image.
The image is reversed because and placed on a lightbox. I use a fusible web to trace the pattern on to and then I iron that image to the back of the fabric I’ve chosen.
This is a silicone baking sheet and it’s a little sticky, however, each small piece placed over the pattern in effectively a jigsaw of textiles.
I work very closely with the picture taking note of every detail despite this being a small part of the quilt.
I, often lift and replace until I have it exactly correct. In this case I did the fingers and the shading about 6 times.
Then I begin to shade. I make no bones about the fact that I know how to draw and blend colors, but the secret is to use the right fabric and the right pens and pencils to achieve the effect of a seamless but effective image.
NO – I’m not going to give away all my secrets.
This is the piece placed on an antique piece of Kantha Quilt. Its actually 6 layers of fabric stitched by hand. Probably old cotton Saris and as you can see its been mended in some areas.
The finished piece.Stitched in sketch form on the sewing machine.
I hand stitched a small border and now it’s complete.
This is an audition, but will also be a display piece.