Laying out White River Hope

I thought you might like to see how this reproduction commission is coming along. Supplies are gathered, the studio is clear of other distractions and it was time to start.

I printed a photo of the quilt then using a marker, I outlined the shapes for the cartoon. This was so I could project it onto my base cloth with my Artograph. This tool made this task easy peasy. You can see the cartoon on the right and the projected image on the cloth. The exception is all the tiny pieces that make up the leaves. There is so much stitching it was hard to find where one fabric started and the other ends.

I will trace the shapes onto Steam a Seam. After fusing to the fabric the shapes will be cut out and fused to the base.  This is so different from the way the original was created!


A4 Art Quilt challenge December 2014 Architecture

The December theme was Architecture. /definitions…

  • the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.
  • the style in which a building is designed or constructed, especially with regard to a specific period, place, or culture.
  • the complex or carefully designed structure of something.

That was a difficult them for me because my work is more organic.  I chose door number three: the complex designed structure of something…an art quilt.

Architecture theme 2014
Janice Paine Dawes December 2014 Challenge Architecture

This was constructed by first strip piecing hand painted and hand dyed scraps for the background. Then I added scraps from my Seashore themed artist trading cards from this month. Those were positioned on the background and wonky machine stitching  holds it all together. I have a Styrofoam block I made and I printed this all over in black for depth. A few wonky hand stitches to go with my commitment to adding slow stitching to my work and I called it done.

Rusting Photos

The American Craft Council  offered photographs from their archives to any artist who would submit a proposal and agree to use them in a contemporary art  work.  I thought it sounded intriguing so I asked for photos and sent them my proposal to use them in a fiber piece, aka: art quilt.  I sat and looked at the photos for a long time, photocopied them, cut them apart, arranged and re-arranged them. Nothing was really getting my juices flowing.  Finally I decided I would treat them as a piece of fabric.  Suddenly a vision was in my head. The first step to using what I was given was to rust them. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but I was pleased. Here is the pile out of the rust pan and dried ready for use. Stay tuned for more on this project. Check out the other quilt artists on