After following Deborah Boschert and being so inspired by her work. I decide to take the plunge and create my own art quilt with my various ideas and found objects. Mrs. Boschert is part of the group Twelve by Twelve, where her and 11 friends create 12x12 quilts on various themes every 2 months or so. They just compiled a book titled Twelve by Twelve The International Art Quilt Challenge. Click on the link and you will see it on the right side. I purchased it recently and it really is a feast for the eyes! So many interpretations!! Very inspirational!!!
And here is my first real attempt at an art quilt.... still so much to learn.....
Sun and Sea
Materials used: hand dyed fabric, commercial fabric, burlap, silk gauze, dark-annealed steel wire, buttons, shells, rocks, various beads, fabric paint, various sewing and embroidery threads, twine
A detail photo of the "sun"
Another detail photo of an attached treasure
Sea written in wire and attached with twine
Porous shells and pebbles. Some thread trash also used.
Most wrapped in wire and or hand dyed fabric.
Self critique: Very raw, which has a good appeal but still needs a more polished look. Binding is troublesome. Is the theme too obvious, needs more subtlety? Not enough variety, too many horizontal lines maybe? Sleeve too long in back. Needs more texture with hand stitching. Nice attachment techniques. Needs more free-motion quilting.
Rebuttal: I strongly dislike binding and is probably a large part of why I have taken this long to create an art quilt. I also find difficulty in placing the sleeve on the back in just the right location. I enjoy the gray background and love the raw edges.
I am happy to have a finished piece under my belt and know that I am one step closer to gaining more knowledge and experience in this interesting world of art quilts and "assemblage" if I may.
Looking for the small treasures in this world on this artist holiday,