Friday, January 8, 2016
Another challenge 2
I wrote yesterday about a call for entries for a show sponsored by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, based on the quilts of Marie Webster. I said that I found a quilt that appealed to me, mainly because the appliqued figures were white.
That's because I have been experimenting with machine stitching directly onto canvas. I love the look and the process of dense stitching, especially using different shades of the same general color to give a "hand-dyed" effect.
So I thought I could execute a variation of Marie's scene on canvas by stitching the blue background and leaving the moon, stars and children unstitched. What I like about this technique is that the stitched canvas tightens up and shrinks, while the unstitched parts end up puffed and puckered.
Here's a detail shot of one of the stars. I have this superstition about showing a quilt while its show entry is still pending, so I'm not going to give you the full view just yet.
So the entry is in the system and in a month we'll see if it gets in. Yes, it's still sweet and pale, but I hope the technique will come across as edgy enough to qualify as contemporary.
Wish me luck!