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29 August 2016

New Work: Transformation

Ok, to start off.... obviously I did not follow through on the whole "post once a week" idea. I have to admit, there was not much happening in the studio to write about. Also, I'm really bad at remembering to post stuff.
 
BUT, when I actually finish a piece then I remember to post and then I realize how much time has gone by. So I'm letting go of that once per week posting idea. Yeah, it was a nice idea to be a disciplined blogger. But it's also important for me to be a disciplined artist in the studio, and to exercise every day, and to take care of other stuff. So...... I'm just gonna have to do the best I can.
 
In any case, I have some show and tell for ya! My latest Viewpoints 9 challenge:

 
"Transformation"
 
For the re-use, repurpose, recycle challenge I went back about 10 years.  I was commissioned to create a quilt using several bags full of Hermés neckties.

   
The finished work, a full size bed quilt which I called "Nautilus" utilized all or part of every tie that was given to me. When it was done, the client was happy and really had no use of the leftover silks from all the ties I cut apart. They were so beautiful and so lovely to touch, I couldn't bear to part with them so I just set them aside for another day.

That day took a while to arrive, but I finally found a use for the left overs!


Using the last challenge as my inspiration, I began piecing together remnants of silk ties to form a curled up caterpillar. The spiral shape of the caterpillar seemed like a wonderful companion for the Nautilus, and a fitting image for transforming leftover materials into something different and new.


I used leftover black cotton fabric, which was the extra width cut from the backs of other quilts, to create the stripes and legs of the caterpillar. Finally I added texture and a few hints of details using free-motion quilting.


Technical details: silk and cotton fabrics, polyester and rayon threads
raw edge appliqué, free motion quilting

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