How do you go about auditioning fabrics for a design? I get out every fabric I have that may work and spread them out on my tiled floor. Taking a photo allows me to see if my choices are working. Then a process of elimination begins. Remembering to use dark, medium and light values brings the design to life.
In my stash I've found a few fabrics in the colours I need but I'm not 100% happy with these choices. I will be dyeing more fabric this week! The beautiful silk jewellery sitting on the fabrics are the colour inspiration points for a new design reflecting my time in Beijing last October at the international invitational quilt show. My thoughts and options are swirling round. Too many choices!
I really love how the indigo pieces finished up with the white printing, hand stitching and machine quilting. I have not been very inventive in naming them and they are Indigo #1, 2 & 3! Above is #1 for the SAQA 2016 auction.
A detail shot. I tried to add some extra bits of fabric but decided simplicity was the best. I used red stitching in all three.
Batik, the art of wax designs, dyed and redrawn and redyed multiple times is a dying art in the age of mass production. So I can appreciate and enjoy the design and workmanship on this small tablecloth on our kitchen table.
Travel is an exciting & large part of my life, combined with creating fabric, stitching art quilts & enjoying textile traditions around the world.
I work in the quilting industry; exhibit, judge, curate, tutor & write.
These are some of the threads of my life.