I was excited to be a finalist in the above exhibition and attend the opening last Tuesday night. The event was well attended with high quality works presented.
I was quite ambivalent about whether to enter my piece, as I felt it was quite experimental and, therefore, not quite up to my usual standard. I had to really push myself to finish it; and I’m glad I did as I learnt a lot from the process.
‘Fly like a bird and look down on the tidal flats where exposed shells and assorted seaweed are strewn on the sand. Or bob along in your boat looking across the waters, where the light and reflections dance together, to the shoreline and mouth of the tidal river.’
These two perspectives are overlaid.
Process and Materials:
This piece is an experiment in layers and transparency. There are five layers of process, beginning with thickened Procion dye monoprints of two similar landscapes in different colours. These were then torn into strips and woven together and fused to the top of the quilt sandwich. The piece was then stamped with fabric paints using found objects, such as cardboard tubing and a plastic cotton reel. The fourth process was the quilting, and lastly, painted organza added with metallic thread.
Cotton whole cloth, organza, thickened Procion dyes, fabric paints, foils, cotton and metallic threads. Quilted on a domestic machine.