A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts 2005
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An exploration of incorporating
fashion samples into art
International Quilt Festival
Patchwork and Quilting Expo
Lyon, France, 2006
A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts
A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts
Holding It All
Since I am working towards
my City and Guilds qualification in Fashion, and I need to do a lot of
samples, I want to see how I can incorporate sample type techniques into
my artwork. So, this month I chose zips (Along with all the various
beads, semiprecious stone chips, and whatnot that usually find their way
into my pieces!). It seemed to fit the personal feel of the month, as
well; as in several different areas of my life, it feels like things are
only just being held together, and I only hope God helps me take the
Sunlight Fills the Gaps in the
month was still very difficult, but we began to see the sunlight through
the trees as it were, and God started filling in gaps. The background
fabric here (from Val Bennett of Farne Designs; as was last month)
reminded me of looking through the treetops to the sky. Besides
inserting patches of sunlight, my samples were of machine techniques
like twin needle, bobbin work, and machine faggot stitch.
Pockets Full of
This time I chose to do various pockets for the sample. I thought it was
a good way to represent the way hidden talents have started coming to
light, and God has begun to do things that give a much more cheerful
outlook. The background is Valís again, but the pink shows an
interesting effect I discovered when trying some of my own dyeing.
April - Rust Can
have been trying rust dyeing. At first, I didn't like the fact that it
was so orange. I decided to embellish the cloth attempting to use
the anomalies made by the rust. I started liking it more when paired
with green wire spring-like bullion and beads. I think this is a good
example of how something that might be considered destructive (rust),
can be turned into something special.
Pleats Are Attractive Wrinkles
I had to do pleats for May,
since a few other wrinkles have developed in areas of our lives.
However, with a much better outlook, you can see that God can make even
things like that work out for good. The pleated muslin came from the
blouse C+G project I did a couple years ago. I also thought I would see
how unconventional materials would work for binding. Quite fun, really!
The feathers are from a costume project a few years ago. I donít think I
will ever use them all up!
June - Warm and
found a wonderful mother of pearl circle in a bead shop in London. This,
paired together with layers of dyed wool blanket and twisted bugle
beads. Represents some of the warm fuzzies of this past month.
July- Flowers For
friend of ours from Nigeria died this month. However, even though he was
unwell, he never seemed to make a big deal of it... Always very
positive. We had the privilege of helping his family with the funeral
service. His wife, from Zimbabwe is a very dear lady.
Hand-dyed fabric with similar effect as mentioned in March. Beads,
Buttons and plastic embellishment leaves.
Colour is a Migraine?
Experimenting with a
technique found in Stitch magazine, which involves fusing fabrics,
chopping them up, and fusing them, and chopping them up, and...so on -
bit like life really. I used red, burgundy, and grey. It looked so much
like my migraines feel, I couldn't believe it. The glue struck through
the burgundy, as it was lining fabric, so I fused a red sheer on top,
FMQ'd it down and then blasted it with a heat gun, which gave a crispy
feel...now it felt like the inside of my head, as well as looking like
- Scraps and Holes
Can be Beautiful
A difficult month for
America, so I wanted to express it with all the raw edges and a few
buttonholes. But, maybe those people, too, will discover - like I have
this year - that you can see very special things happen. When you put
it together with the rough stuff, you look at yourself and your life and
see it actually makes something rather beautiful.