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!
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.
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.
Do you remember those 8 x 10 glossies I showed you a picture of before? The piece is completed and submitted. I’m happy to have it done. Below are photos of some of the process.
And here is the completed piece. The editor said she will notify me when it comes out. I’m linking to Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday since this is really off my wall now!
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 http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/
White River Hope was sold at the All About Art show and sale that was held in Elkins Park, PA.
This art quilt had been juried into the Denver National show, the Wisconsin Expo and was shown in a local show. It had already been a money winner with a first place and the most original quilt at the local show. It also was in Machine Quilting Unlimited as a noteworthy quilt after appearing at the Denver National.
Before sending this quilt off to the sale I put a new label on the back that listed where the quilt had been shown and documented its winnings. I did this by painting on a white label and wrote the information in India Ink. My signature is buried somewhere in the stitching on the front.
The quilt is composed of collaged fabrics with heavy thread sketching for the quilting. The great blue heron and the trout in his mouth are hand guided machine embroidered.
I am pleased as punch! Many years ago when I did traditional quilting, and before becoming disabled, I sold some quilts. This was my first big sale for an art quilt. I hope this won’t be the last!