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IMPROVISATION AROUND A SPECIAL FABRIC

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Earlier in the year I was feeling a bit frustrated with my projects. I often have a lot of ideas and don’t know where to start. Or I start on something with passion and lose interest. 

One useful thing I have found when in this mood is to tidy up the studio. I often find that as I am sorting through stacks of fabric, I can re-organize and prioritize.

Another thing is to just cut and sew together fabrics without a plan in mind. I found this piece of hand painted fabric that I had used for a class sample and decided base a piece of work from it. 

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After choosing some colours that would go together, I  sewed units together. I pinned them up on my trusty design wall and rearranged the pieces whenever I felt like it. There was no plan, no dead line, no perfect seams required! I added some crosses and a small amount of commercial aboriginal designed  fabric to add some pop.

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I  used chunky pearl cotton threads to stitch the layers together with a Kantha type stitch and a big needle.

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THE FINISHED PIECE: EASTER QUILT by Linden Lancaster 2016

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Risely Family Portrait

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Risely Family Portrait 2014 1m x 1m

A recent commission for a lovely family from Picola. Oi is originally from Thailand and is the most wonderful cook ever; she can make a delicious meal out of thin air! Sean has helped us out with our poor neglected garden- he especially loves roses, hence the inclusion of Iceburg roses. Jai-dee is a clever little lass who attends Nathalia primary School where my husband works as a Chaplain.

Technique: Handpainted/silk screened wholecloth background. Fused fabric applique for figures and roses. Confetti technique for the tree leaves. I used Inktense pencils to shade the roses and the leaves were printed with compressed sponged, cut out and appliqued.

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Oi detail 2004 Linden Lancaster

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Sean, crop 2014 Linden Lancaster

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Jai-dee, crop 2014, Linden Lancaster

 

I took photos of the roses, cropped them and played with them in Photoshop. I used them in sets of (window)  cards for Christmas presents.

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