This new work was a purely intuitive adventure in pattern, color, texture and design. It began without an end in mind and with "quilt-as-you-go" piecing of various fabric patterns. It was finished with a satin stitched edging. Each of the pieced elements were free motion quilted differently. Onto this background I screen printed two birds and free motion satin stitched around each figure. This completed focal element was stitched onto a larger soy fiber quilted piece and then stretched and stapled to an 8" x 10" artist's stretched canvas. Soft edges are created by the soy fibers.
|"Migration" - Front|
I finished the raw edges on the reverse in a rather unconventional, but effective, manner. I used a pallet knife to apply stucco patch to the fabric edges and then feathered the edges to the stretcher frame. After the stucco patch was completely dry and rock hard, I painted it to coordinate with the soy fibers. The bird figure on the back was made by using a reverse mask stencil taken from one of the bird figures on the front of the work.
"Migration" - Back
When the stucco patch is completely cured and hard as a rock, I will paint it with colors to compliment the soy fiber quilted fabric. Again, another day of exploration and discover has been great fun.