Voyage – A group of textiles artists drawn together from around the world who vary in both their experience and in the nature of expression of their art. Their work broadly encompasses the understanding of a quilt in its loosest form. We exist as a virtual group on the internet, posting our work on the blog and communicating via a group site to enable us to share our work and exhibit.
We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.
My third Earth piece is based on the quote: "If you think the ocean is not important, imagine the earth without it. Mars comes to mind. No ocean, no life support system." Sylvia Earle I have used various shades of blue dye with three layers of discharge paste which were sponged on the dyed background to create the various depths of the ocean around coral reefs. Jacquard discharge paste was used for the layer processes but to achieve a 'white' to show the coral near the surface I used a powder discharge paste which was very effective. Some colour was added to the reef with thickened dye and some highlighting with Inktense blocks. The piece was then machine quilted to add additional texture.
This quote: "Trees are poems that Earth writes upon the sky" by Kahlil Gibran was the starting point for this piece. The background was dyed and lightly discharged to give some soft images of tree shapes. It was then overdyed, discharged with some larger more definate, shapes. I then appliqued with dyed fabric the three trees in the foreground before machine quilting the outlines of the trees. Some Inktense pigment was used to create light falling on the trees
For this month I have chosen Indigo as my subject. Not a cloth coming from the African Earth - but a colour. I felt that Indigo is significant enough as a dye within Africa that it warranted attention. The plant is grown and used in many cultures across West Africa. I've created a kind of sampler with many small pieces of different indigo cloths set on the background of a beautiful piece of strip woven Mossi cloth. These Mossi cloths come with a fabulous hand twisted fringe that I just had to include. (It is removable if it is deemed necessary for exhibition). All the fabrics are from West Africa and include examples of weaving, tie-dye, starch resist, and stitch resist. Some are old and some are new.
"The Earth laughs in flowers" is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a nineteenth century American Philosopher - this was the starting point for this piece. It is a wholecloth piece dyed and discharged to achieve a textured natural background using Gocco screens I made to discharge the flower images before adding some Inktense pigment to some of the flowers in the foreground.
I machine embroidered flower outlines through the wadding but left some of discharged images unstitched to give a softer distant effect. Whilst I initially used Jacquard discharge paste for the first discharging, I used Decollorant with pigment to remove and add colour at the same time for some of the flowers.