Go wild with your scissors (safely, of course) and make random cuts to your batiks to create a "watercolor look with a bit of abstractness" onto fused batting that will be your landscape scene. A focal point can be added later to provide depth and dimension to the art quilt. (For example, a marsh landscape could have some individual cattails added in the foreground to provide the depth and be a focal point to this overall scene.) This fun class will give you confidence in creating landscapes without rules or measuring! Plenty of guidance will be provided to create your personally designed landscape. Day 1 will be creating the landscape. Day 2 will be doing lots of top stitching and doing a knife edge binding to complete your art quilt. The finished size will be approximately 18" x 24".
-- A few choices of landscape photos or magazine pictures of landscapes. They will be simplified to develop your landscape. It is only inspiration for theme and color.
-- 1 yard of LITE Steam-a-Seam II -- 18" wide (on a roll)
-- LOTS of batik scraps in the color of your chosen landscape scene. Bring lights, mediums, darks in your landscape colors. It is the value changes that give depth to the landscape. If possible have scraps flat to save ironing time.
-- Backing fabric, plus enough for binding and sleeve (does not have to be batik)
-- Fabric scissors (large and small)
-- Rotary cutter and mat
-- #14 top stitch needles, quilt pins, hand needles for attaching binding/sleeve
-- Glue stick suitable for fabric
-- Quilt ruler for squaring up your landscape
-- Sewing machine with walking foot (day 2)
-- Various top stitching threads (solids, variegated) that match landscape fabric (day 2)
Workshop location will provide irons, ironing board
Bring a bag lunch and come early to get set up and be ready to start on time!!
Artist's Statement: When I decided to take liberty and not follow manufactured patterns, but rather use my own ideas for creating, the process gave me freedom and mental excitement to become my own designer and "engineer" in order to see my ideas come to fruition. My inspiration tends to be from nature, being somewhat realistic yet using more abstract components of using line, shape and color to convey the subject matter. I work intuitively, and rarely follow any preconceived plan, but get my ideas from my sketchbook. Working with batiks and hand-dyed material is like "painting" with fabric pieces. Visible top stitching adds extra texture and dimension, while serving to keep the layers together. I desire to have my work be colorful and show a side of fresh interpretations of the world around us.