Art quilts – painted, dyed and embellished
Fiber Art in the form of Art Quilts has captured my attention for some years. The possibility of painting with fiber reactive dyes and textile paints became a must try technique.
Shows and Exhibits are a natural progression and aspiration for all Artists, and I am no exception. I proudly present the following pieces which were accepted into shows here and abroad.
If Monet Could Quilt
2004 – Hand Painted. Exhibited abroad at the Patchwork and Quilt Expo IX, The Hague, The Netherlands and at the International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas.
The exhibits were sponsored by The International Quilt Association, as part of the Old Masters New Masters exhibit. The exhibit explored quilts that were inspired by European Masters of the 15th-20th centuries. I chose to repaint Monet’s work onto cotton with fiber reactive dyes, and give it dimension by sculpting challis fabric overlays and machine quilting with some areas having an additional layer of batting. Lace, beads and a carefully chosen button (brooch) were also added for dimension and highlight. The piece is 44″ x 68″ with purchased fabric backing and binding.
Grandpa’s Pumpkin Patch
2004 – Hand Painted. Exhibited in Houston Texas at the International Quilt Festival as part of the A World of Beauty – Pictorial Division.
The quilt depicts Grandpa and his two grandchildren picking special pumpkins from the garden. It is hand painted with Procion dyes and machine quilted. The piece is 51″ x 51″ with purchased fabric backing and binding.
Guarding The Wreck
2004 – Hand Painted. Exhibited at The Brush Art Gallery – Art Quilts New England, Lowell, Massachusetts as part of the Lowell Quilt Festival.
“Guarding The Wreck” was inspired by a series of photos my husband and I have taken over a period of about twenty years of boating in Cape Cod Bay. The SS James Longstreet, otherwise known as the “Target Ship”, and buoy number WRJL with its flashing green light, have been a favorite destination and curiosity since 1945. Today, both the wreck and the buoy are gone, the wreck, a victim of military bombs and Mother Nature’s wrath, and the buoy a victim of technology. The quilt is hand painted with Procion fiber reactive dyes on cotton, and machine quilted. The backing and binding are purchased fabric. The quilt is 38.5” x 38.5” and is on permanent exhibit at the Esquire Barber Shop, Dennis, Massachusetts.
Life is Good
2005 – Hand Painted. 2005 Finalist in the Quilting Arts Magazine Calendar Contest.
The magic dust falling from my pockets is all the wondrous things that I imagine and dream, and the joy I feel – for Life is Good! This little quilt is hand painted with fiber reactive dyes on cotton with some permanent pen detail. It is machine quilted, hand appliqued and embellished with satin and silk ribbons, sequins, silk fabric, misc. fiber pieces and beads. The knitted sample, crocheted piece, mini quilt and marionette are hand made elements that I created for the quilt. The piece is 12″ x 12″ with purchased fabric backing and binding.