My latest art quilt has been made in response to the Cranwell Contemporary Group challenge titled Escape. When the theme was announced my first thought was of “escaping” to the Scottish Highlands……this area has to be my absolute favourite away from it all destination in the UK.
I worked from memory, rather than looking back at photographs, as I wanted this piece to suggest a mood and a feeling of being in this area and not a specific, identifiable place. The colours are very neutral and muted, built up using Inktense paint, layered fabrics, Mulberry bark and silk cocoon strippings to create a textural surface. The finished quilt is 28” wide x 40” high.
I’ve just finished my latest art quilt “Lincolnshire Wolds“. This one has an entirely painted background, using Inktense on vilene. I don’t normally use Bondaweb in my art quilts, I usually lay the fabric down and sew it straight onto the background but this time I made an exception. After giving it some thought it seemed the easiest way to create the foliage on the foreground tree and a good way to make the shadow from that same tree on the field.
The stitching is a combination of straight stitch and free machine embroidery with a little hand stitching along the base of the hedgerow.
The one drawback to using pelmet vilene for textile art is that it is easily creased so it really needs mounting on a canvas or a board when I get around to it.
This afternoon I enjoyed a walk in Peasholm Park, looking at the trees, picking up leaves and dodging the squirrels which were everywhere. They are so tame they take peanuts straight out of your hand.
The leaf I chose for today’s offering was a huge Horse Chestnut, again created using Inktense pencils and the Pilot fine point pen. Painting is still feeling alien to me and its taking far too long to paint/draw these leaves. I am adding the pen to try to give them some definition but I’m not liking the result. When I get back home I’m thinking of switching to collage or fabric as my medium…..or do I persevere with the painting? After all, this is a challenge isn’t it?
I had to cheat a bit with tonight’s painting as I’m sitting in my B&B in Scarborough and I forgot to bring a leaf with me! I’ve travelled up a couple of days early for a bit of a break before attending a wet felting workshop in Hutton Buscle with Jenny Pepper.
I went for a walk along the sea front this evening and meant to gather a couple of leaves on my way back but it completely slipped my mind so instead I’ve worked from a photograph I found on the Internet.
I worked with Intense crayons and an extra fine Pilot HI-Tecpoint V5 pen.