I’ve been really busy creating since the building work finished at Easter. A few pieces are complete and ready for framing, others are pieced and ready for stitching. The thing I have totally neglected is my blog! Apologies in advance that I am going to be playing catch up and that you will receive a number in quick (ish) succession! I hope, once up to date on work done that I will be blogging in the moment…..
The work that has consumed most of my time has been a series of work on the probable extinction of the Slender billed curlew. These pieces as previously discussed are based on the book ‘Orison for a Curlew’ by the wonderful Horatio Clare.
Above, the initial sketch and fabrics chosen for piecing the first art quilt. You can see I have shown both the front and back of a couple of the fabrics as the back was the most suitable for the areas in question. Never forget to look at the back of fabrics, it can double the options you have when piecing.
Above, the bird pieced and ready to start adding fine details with fabric paint below.
Encouraged by the members of the quilt group I’m a member of, I decided to have a go with new techniques to create backgrounds. I can highly recommend this photo paper for transferring images with an ink jet printer onto fabric. Because the bird had such a hazardous migratory route I wanted to show these areas in map form. I used images from a very out of date atlas and started experimenting.
Above you can see samples of these prints, before and after dying the fabric in a weak tea solution. The idea is to stand the bird on a stone, hence the more natural colouring from the tea solution.
Below, experimenting with ideas for pebbles and stones around the main rock.
Although the image below is an ‘old moon’ rather than a ‘new moon’ I wanted to incorporate this image using metal leaf. The slender billed curlew’s Latin name is Numenius tenuirostris meaning the ‘slim beak of the new moon’. The image direction of the new moon didn’t work with the first piece so I’ve used a little artist licence!
Unfortunately my favourite pen (a Frixion, iron removable pen), which I usually highly recommend for sketching details as a guide to follow with thread, removed the dye from the backing fabric (you can see a white line around the moon). This would not normally be a problem as I would thread paint over the area, however for marking out a circle that was only partly used it was an issue!
Below, second take on a slimmer crescent moon.
Samples done, the time was right to start planning the final piece, You can read more about this in the next blog.