24" x 60"
I was inspired to create this quilt by my morning drive with my daughter to school. She is a transfer student, and it's a bit of a drive for us. At first, we used to go on the highway. Then I discovered the "back route" on a particularly heavy traffic morning, and since then, it has become the preferred route. It is not a quick route, but it is scenic and calm. A perfect start to our mornings together, and one of my favorite shared times with her.
So as the image crept into my mind, I didn't know how to represent it. So many choices! Then I saw this blog post by Deidre Adams, Evolution of a Commission (be sure to look at all 6 parts!). I love her work! It is so viscerally appealing. I wanted to give her process a try to see what would happen. I was a bit nervous to start. I didn't want my work to look too much like hers if I used her techniques (Ha! not to worry!!). It turns out that my voice over-rides the process. My way of thinking and expressing is just much more....concrete maybe? or discrete, in terms of obvious objects....
Let's start with the car. I drew it on Photoshop first. Eventually, I painted some fabric with white paint. Then I traced my image from the Photoshop print out with a Sharpie pen. Then I put more white paint on top of that. It sandwiched the Sharpie ink between layers of paint, and then the line I made was also less obvious, and acted more as a guide for subsequent painting. And, then I painted it, and used it as a block in the construction of the quilt top.
|quilting as seen from the back|
I was still working out the design, as it needed the deer. I decided to screen print them, directly onto the quilted surface. Okay, that didn't work either. Plan B....Print the deer separately on some cloth.
These were later cut apart, and fused to the quilt surface. It was nice because I got to move them around a bit before deciding their placements. Then I painted over them. Here is another process shot with a few details. I love the way the paint makes the surface texture just pop!