Saturday, May 1, 2010

Blue Vase: Botanical Series

Blue Vase: Botanical Series is a 23 x 26 collage of both hand dyed and commercial fabrics. It is a combination of techniques from workshops and my own experimentations. It is a "compose as you go", improvisational method. Using only a pair of scissors and a good eye, the central focus of the piece is cut out. In this case, it is the blue vase. After that, you go with what is at hand and develop a composition that seems pleasing. The outcome is unknown at the beginning and goes in a direction undetermined until the end. This is a very great adventure, but can be difficult to quilt. Watersoluble stabilizer is pinned over the piece before it can be machine quilted and heavy quilting can cause thread problems. But I love the final outcome.