Stretching the quilt backing onto the kitchen floor, then taping it, is a process in itself! But my quilt day had just begun!
Next there was placing down the batting and then pinning the quilt top to it.
I am so HOPEFUL that I will like the results… but as this is my first time trying to machine stitch a quilt, I am not sure about this!
I am linking up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday. I need the help of these experts!
I’m playing- experimenting with collage, drawing, and dyeing on silk chiffon. It’s GREAT… though I don’t know where this is leading me…
I’ve started experimenting on silk chiffon. Wow- what a great fabric. Soft, strong, and it takes the dye great. I started the underdrawing with my silk dyes, dried out so the lines would stay, and also used magic sizing on the chiffon.
Here the dyes are drying a bit- when the water evaporates almost all the way it works great for delicate lines and brushwork.
The drawing worked wonderfully on the magic-sizing prepped chiffon. After steam setting the drawing, I painted it as well, again with the silk dyes and magic sizing. The chiffon works great- the colors spring out vivid, and the details very sharp.
And the transparency- it fascinates me. I love the chiffon with just the drawing, and then again with the painting effect.
I’m linking up to Nina-Marie Sayre’s Off the Wall Friday– check it out!
Puzzling over linguistics…
I say often that silk is my media… sometimes I say I work in textiles. I have begun some works now, and want to say that my media is COSTUME.
Meaning garments that refer to fashion history and all it’s meanings- but also, a work of art, one that might portray reality or not, one that might have layers of meaning or observation like a drawing or a textile work.
There are so many artists working with clothing in this way- but how to describe it? Succinctly- as a category, the way a media is a category…
Cartridge pleating on garment
Working on the “Round Robin” project for the Asheville Modern Quilt Guild …Connie’s artistry blows me away. So… now it is my turn to add a square. Her square is both painterly and precise. So- how can I contribute?….
I think of my visual vocabulary. My curves are predominant, as well as the improv compositions I use. That is what I go with here.
Yet I am not liking the results. It surely does no justice to Connie’s work! My square seems too busy, not coherent enough.
Here’s my next attempt- the curves seem more coherent, and the large negative space seems to calm it. The meeting last night filled me with inspiration- thanks to all the members for your help and creative energy!
I’m linking up to Off the Wall Friday – all those gifted artists give me my weekly inspirational fuel…
I’ve gotten accustomed to using a variety of techniques in my recent work, and steaming the silk between each step. I streamlined my process for Tulips, hoping to capture some spontaneity.
I created a line drawing on silk treated with Magic Sizing, then steamed it. Next I used gutta lines to block out my drawing, and added blocks of color.
After this steaming, I’ve added details. And- I think it is done. I’ll get a final picture after I stretch it…