The array of printed fabrics offered today is just amazing and I can spend significant amounts of time browsing shops and websites, enjoying the inventive designs. Still, it seems when I come to do work from developing my own design (as opposed to to making up pieced blocks as samples) I can’t find exactly what I want. I’ve done dyeing before but this time I decided to try altering patterned and plain fabrics I already had.
I’m working on a piece inspired by a visit to Ravenna and from my photographs I designed three small textural areas (cobblestones, brickwork and mosaic) and had Thermofax screens made up. Claire turned my emails into delivered screens in just 24 hours so I was able to spend a day playing with paints and screens preparing fabric for a weekend away.
I went to a workshop with Annette Morgan and using the technques on offer began to produce the blocks I will need for my Ravenna piece. These two are both based on areas of floor mosaic in San Vitale basilica.
Other participants were working in wonderfully vivid colours in their blocks, joining them into art quilts. Mine will be joined later when I have stitched some more and can begin to see how they will fit together. You can see we were creating the same blocks – foundation pieced triangles and flying geese for example – but the fabrics, scale and placement create completely different impressions.