Riverside Trees…..

Having damaged my toe on Friday I’ve had the perfect excuse to shut myself away in my workroom and start on a new project.  I wanted to create an art quilt based on trees and reflections so last week, while out walking my dog, I took a series of photographs along the riverbank.  The aim is to make a 30 x 40 cm quilt as a prototype for a larger version as part of the David Hockney Challenge.  The thought of doing one 30″ x 40″ straight off was a bit too daunting!  The finished design isn’t intended to look like a Hockney but the influence is still there i.e. trees and reflections in water.

Trees on riverbank

I particularly liked this image but decided to simplify the layout for my quilt and position the riverbank “straight on”.

Yesterday I painted a wash of colour on my background fabric, layered it with organza and netting and machine quilted it to create the sky.  I’m not sure if I did the right thing by making it this colourful….I wanted a bit of drama behind the trees but might have gone a bit too strong with the blues!  We’ll see when the trees get added.

For the riverbank I remembered I had an old scarf which was the ideal colour so this was cut up and distressed using a heat gun before being sewn in place.

The background is ready for the trees to be added.

The background is ready for the trees to be added.

I figured an easy way to create the trees would be to draw them onto iron-on Vilene and cut them out using a craft knife.  With the branches criss crossing it enabled me to cut it as one piece rather than fiddling about with several individual trees.  I like using Vilene as it gives a crisp edge, it accepts paint really well and using the iron-on type means there’s no need for Bondaweb or spray adhesive.

The trees cut from Vilene.

The trees cut from Vilene.

The trees are now in the process of being painted and I will post an update as and when they are ironed in place.

Starting work on painting the trees

Starting work on painting the trees

 

Second LINQS Meeting…..

Last weekend saw the second meeting of the LINQS group at The Coach and Horses in Billinghay. It was a very good turn out with 25 ladies attending the meeting, most of whom arrived early to take advantage of the delicious lunch time menu.

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Sheila chaired the meeting and it was great to hear that, as well as now having 39 members, we also have a number of venues showing an interest in exhibiting our DH quilts when they go on the road next year.

Several of the ladies brought along the quilts they have started, while others were keen to show which of the DH paintings they are intending to use for inspiration for their work.

Jean's quilt is inspired by Hockney's Woldgate Woods.

Jean’s quilt is inspired by Hockney’s Woldgate Woods.

Jean took her inspiration from Hockney’s paintings of “Woldgate Woods”. This beautiful, hand sewn quilt has been created using a jelly roll for the background and appliqué for the foreground.

Karin's quilt inspired by Hockney's painting of Garrowby Hill.

Karin’s quilt inspired by Hockney’s painting of Garrowby Hill.

The shapes and colours in Karin’s quilt have been influenced by Hockney’s landscape painting “Garrowby Hill” with its winding road and patchwork fields.

Rosie shows the fabrics she will use for her quilt.

Rosie shows the fabrics she will use for her quilt.

Rosie is also taking Garrowby Hill as her starting point. It’s all in her head at the moment but her fabrics have been selected and are ready for the cutting mat!

Sandra's choice is Hockney's "Three Green Waves with Orange Sand".

Sandra’s choice is Hockney’s “Three Green Waves with Orange Sand”.

Sandra’s choice is a little known image entitled “Three Green Waves with Orange Sand” which features in the book “Hockney’s Pictures: The Definitive Retrospective”.

Molly and her quilt.

Molly and her quilt.

Molly designed her quilt after seeing the Hockney collection on a visit to Salts Mill Gallery.

The red background for Carole's quilt.

The red background for Carole’s quilt.

Carole has created a background for her quilt using curved strips of fabric in various shades of red. The foreground will feature a wine glass with a reflection of Hockney’s face. Carole told me she is experimenting with a new technique for creating the wine glass. Once it’s finished we will show a photograph and get Carole to explain in her own words how she created it.

The next meeting was scheduled for March.

LINQS…our first meeting

A selection of David Hockney books displayed on a table.

A selection of David Hockney books were available to browse.

Yesterday saw the first meeting of LINQS, the Lincolnshire Quilters group which is responsible for the David Hockney Challenge.  The challenge is open to anyone living in Lincolnshire.

15 ladies turned up for our first get together at The Coach and Horses in Billinghay  and to quote Mary “there were no shrinking violets”!  It was a lively session with lots of ideas, enthusiasm and encouragement.

Work in progress....it's easy to see the Hockney influence in this colourful mini quilt.

Work in progress….it’s easy to see the Hockney influence in this colourful mini quilt.

Several of us took along quilts we have already started, while others were keen to talk through the ideas that they have in mind.  Some of the members also brought their copies of various David Hockney books for the rest of us to browse.

Unfortunately the photograph below doesn’t do justice to the wonderful piece of work this lady is creating.  The influence here is the colour and movement that Hockney displays in his work as the small, individual pieces of layered fabric gently ripple.

Work in progress....the influence here is the colour and movement that Hockney puts into his work.

Work in progress….the influence here is the colour and movement that Hockney puts into his work.

An open sketchbook showing photographs of the countryside on the right and hand written notes on the left.

Fiona’s sketchbook ideas

Fiona has been taking photographs of the local landscape while out walking her dog.  She has pasted these into her sketch book with notes of how Hockney might interpret these scenes if he were to make a quilt.  This is the sort of thing I always tell myself I should be doing…..I just need to start doing it!

 

 

LINQS David Hockney Challenge…..

 

Are you living in Lincolnshire? Do you enjoy quilting and fancy a challenge? If you can answer yes to both these questions you might like to join the ladies in LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) and create a quilt inspired by any work of David Hockney’s, past or present. Quilts can be made by an individual or a group and the work can feature any technique or style, including traditional.
The criteria we have to adhere to is…..

1. To be a quilt it must have 3 layers

2. The size must be either 30″x40″ or 30cm x 40cm portrait or landscape. If you want to make a larger size quilt you can hang several smaller ones together.

3. No matter what style we use we must be able to link the finished piece back to DH’s work.

For more information or to register your interest click here.

I didn’t really know Hockney’s work before signing up for the challenge but, after talking to one of the members of LINQS, I took a ride up to Salts Mill to see it for myself. Salts Mill is in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, a few miles from Bradford and it houses a permanent display of Hockney’s work. It also has a terrific book shop and a restaurant serving delicious food on the top floor.

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate

 

Background of my monotone quilt.

Background of my monotone quilt.

Trees are added to stand away from the background.

Trees are added to stand away from the background.

Detail of foliage at base of trees.

Detail of foliage at base of trees.

I’ve started work on two ‘mini size, quilts, the first is based on The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate. I decided to strip it back to a monotone colour scheme and started off in a fairly traditional way using machine and hand stitching on the background. I wanted the trees to stand out so I used black acrylic paint on vilene, backed with black felt and attached them with my glue gun. The foliage at the base of the trees was cut from a piece of lace which has also been painted with acrylic. I’m not sure how I am going to finish this one…..do I add the large leaves and the vines? I’ll sleep on it a bit longer before deciding my next step.

The second piece I’m doing is based on Hockney’s early self portrait collage. This is going to be a mixed media quilt using paper, paint and fabric. The background is the ‘Newsprint’ wallpaper from my last post. I have stuck it onto cream netting using PVA. Once it was dry I turned it over, soaked it with water and gently rubbed the backing paper off until the image was showing through. This has created a nice thin layer which I can quilt at a later stage.

Hockney 1954 Self Portrait

Hockney 1954 Self Portrait

Starting work on DH's face.

Starting work on Hockney’s face.

More shading added to the face....the glasses are tried on for positioning.

More shading added to the face….the glasses are tried on for positioning.

Rather than copying Hockney’s 1954 self portrait I have chosen to show him as he styled himself in the 60’s with his trademark dyed blond hair and thick black round specs. After drawing the features onto cotton fabric I am trying a new (to me) technique for colouring the face, using a soldering iron to fuse layers of organza. I got the idea after buying the Margaret Beal book New Ideas in Fusing Fabric. The work in this book is so inspirational I had to buy the iron and have a go! I’m hoping to get some more of this quilt done this week so will post an update when I do.