Art Every Day, Sunday, February 17th, 2013
I don't know about you, but I love days where you get to stay in your jammies all day long. Today is one of those days for me. I'm sure I should be out enjoying the great weather, but I'd rather quilt!
Here is today's new piece. I spent part of the last two days dyeing and rinsing silk cocoons and rods. So I really had a hankering to play with one or both of them. This piece began with dark red, dye painted batting, topped with strips of dyed yellow orange rayon ribbon. The ribbon was topped with 5 strips of dyed silk carrier rods which was in turn topped with a bit of floral, stitched applique. I made sure to orient the ribbon strips in one direction and the carrier rods in the opposite direction.
The carrier rods were quilted with long, vertical lines and you can see how ornately I quilted the background ribbons. The little bit of silk carrier rods and bone beads at the bottom were added to better the balance.
I really enjoy the active background that the quilted ribbon provides. It give the very simple focal point and counter point some powerful support which they needed. Without the ornate negative space, the focal point would be too simple and not really enough to carry the piece.
It was really fun to create a small quilted piece that has no "real" fabric in it.