In a couple of weeks, while I am teaching in Houston, I am have been invited to take part in the Open Studios programme. I am doing two, two hour sessions. One is on developing dimension, depth, movement etc with painted fabric backgrounds and the second is about creating and using monoprinted fabric in your projects. I decided that I need some new samples. I started with the first session, so have painted up half a dozen fat quarters of homespun with Dye Na Flow paint. Now I am working into turning them into something. The focus is, of course, the painted backgrounds, but it is about how they set a great framework for art quilts and other projects.
Here is the fabric I started with:
I then auditioned some fabrics to go with it. I started with a black fabric that I had gelli printed with golds and copper Lumiere Paint, added some rich, rust, hand dyed velvet and slate silk georgette.
I stitched the power poles onto the background surface, put some gold/orange novelty yarn into the bobbin to ‘couch’ the electrical wires, created a focal point bird silhouette on the ground and three, ephemeral, transparent birds flying in the top right corner. Basic quilting carries the eye along the line of the power poles.
I am tempted to put two more silk georgette birds in the top left, but am resisting that for now.