With summer upon me and some weeks off from teaching, I had many a project in mind. However, I also had some trips planned for which I wanted to have some projects to keep me busy on the plane or at the beach. And so, I looked through my stash for inspiration and decided that the one piece of brown silk that I had purchased at a quilter's estate sale would be my starting point. I only had a little left because I had used it several times before. The remains were somewhat random in size and not large in quantity. This created an opportunity to stretch my creativity and use what I had on hand to make a small series. I wanted a small project that was portable and called for some hand stitching. I decided that if I made all of the pieces using a similar color palette I could hang them together and create the illusion of a larger work. And so my ideas took shape.
I made nine little pieces that were 6 X 6 inches each. I limited my color palette so I could concentrate on collage and stitch. It was an easy breezy summer series.
Here they are:
Each piece includes some commercial cottons, cotton batiks, scraps from my stash of silks, upholstery or other random fabrics that met the color palette. Finally each piece had to include a piece of the brown silk that was my inspiration and a piece of vintage doily from my increasing stash.
Then, since I already had the fabrics selected and lined up on my cutting table, I made a 10" X 10" collage of fabric. I think of them as one chief and 9 little Indians. Each of them was mounted on a canvas that I painted with several coats of brown paints and then covered with some Lumiere gold. A couple of coats of UV protective sealer from Golden acrylics and voila. To finish the back I took some vintage sheet music and painted it with gesso and then gave it a couple of washes of Titan Buff. It made the paper a bit stiffer and made a good backing.
Here is the 10 X 10:
On September 12th I will have my first artist reception where I am hanging my work with a group of artists that form an Artists' Cooperative locally. I am very excited to be joining this group and show my work publicly in such a nice setting. I feel that this decision has changed my focus and will help my push my creative process and I build new pieces to show each month.
For now, this is my large piece, made of many small pieces - which is the essence of quilting itself for me. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Please feel free to leave a comment. Have a fantastic day!