|Entitled, Masques Optional. art-quilt 36x36|
|Entitled, Beachwalk, artquilt, 24"x36"|
In the last post I promised to offer a bit about my process, so here are some of my 'found photo' art-quilts and a bit about how I created the imagery. The first art-quilt I created from a found photo was one I called Masques Optional. A commentary on the option to explore the persona's we wear, and instead live out of what lies behind them. An amateur photographer since my high school days, I began to manipulate photos the moment I was introduced to the dark room. Playing with double exposures and "trick" photography captivated me. One of my first pieces was a photo of my brother playing cards with himself as his opponent. Given this fascination, you can imagine how my work was influenced once Photoshop hit the market. I think that is why so much of my representational textile art begins with a photo I can't resist. I always have a camera with me, and my kids will tell you that around our house the word "cheese" has little to do with food.
|Entitled The Three Man Fish Band; Practicing Their Scales, art-quilt 30"x33"|
When digital artists began to play with surrealism I was even more enthralled. But with art-quilts, tiny little details within pictorial work can get lost. So, while occasionally I create digital pieces that I know I'll never quilt, my found photo art quilts tend to only share one or two obviously altered images. The piece to the right entitled The Three Man Fish Band; Practicing Their Scales is a perfect example. After digitally altering the colors I replaced the violinists instrument with a fish. Then I did a bit of work to the background and printed three fabric pieces of the same image. After piecing these together I began to paint them with fabric paint for added texture and depth. I then added inner and outer borders of batik fabric before quilting and embellishing. This piece remained in my collection until my son decided it was his! I still enjoy its whimsical nature.