My contribution to the current 12 x 12 challenge. This one is all about the concept. Life cannot exist without water, yet water has the power to destroy as well.
I could have gone for dramatic imagery, but instead, I chose to keep the imagery rather generic and to create this quilt (or more properly, assemblage) out of things that are affected by water. Of course, since we are an art quilt group, the things are all related to sewing.
The “top” is appliqued with circles of sheer fabrics, to include a stabilizer painted in a water-ring pattern with water soluble paints. It is embellished with pearls glued on with basting glue that releases when wet. I colored the piece with water color pencils and a fabric marker that disappears when rinsed or sprayed with water. The “batting” is water soluble stabilizer.
The quilting is done with water soluble thread on top and a variegated thread in the bobbin.
(Because of the sheer fabrics, I think this looks especially nice backlit.)
The backing fabric is a silk scarf which I marbled — a process that requires paint to be floated on water.
This is what the piece looks like now, representing the sustaining quality of water. But eventually, I’m pretty sure I’ll need to douse it in water and document it’s demise to show the destructive power. I’m thinking that I should wait until it has a chance to travel across two oceans and then I’ll photograph it at the beach, or perhaps find a waterfall which can be part of the process of destroying the piece. Performance art. Who knew we’d go there.
My post on 12 x 12 is the same, but you must go visit and see the other eleven quilts!