Friday, February 27, 2009

New Work

PRICKLY PODS (26" x 36") I belong to an art quilt group through our local quilt guild. Last month we studied the work of ten fiber artists featured in The Masters. One of them is Caryl Bryer Fallert whose work I've admired for a long time. I enjoy the lovely curves she uses as well as the vibrant colors that appeal greatly to me. So this is my homage to her. I used some of my hand-dyed fabrics as well as some commercial batiks. When the top was done I had a wonderful time thread-painting on the "pods" and free-motion quilting the background. Note: Prickly Pods has been juried into In Full Bloom VI.
I hope this detail shot shows some of the quilting - it is very intense. I also added some golden spirals using 100 dernier silk thread.

DWELLINGS (16" x 20") This work was done for the Fast Friday Fabric Challenge a few months ago. The challenge was to use a monochromatic scheme. This was fun because I layered the front, batting and backing and quilted plain black fabric. Then I used Jacquard Discharge Paste to remove the color from selected areas and painted them various yellow tones. I've enjoyed Jean Auel's Earth Children's series and this piece makes me think of pre-historic peoples and the challenges they faced in finding shelter. Note: A second larger work, "Dwellings: Another Time, Another Place" was juried into the IQF special exhibit Tactile Architecture.


TextileTraveler said...

Roberta, I happened to see one of your posts on the QA list and followed the link to your blog. I just had to let you know that I think your work is beautiful! I'm going to spend some time perusing all the lovely photos you've posted.

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

Roberta, the new work is fabulous. I too love the curves.
I espeially like your piece Late Bloomer.
I knew someone had used a 'raven' in their work and it is you. I'm doing a series of still life with ravens in them.
You can see some of the finished work on my blog.
Great job! And always a joy to view your work.

katyquilts said...

Theseare both amazing Roberta! Wow! Your thread work is perfect on the Prickly Pods. I am fascinated by the discharge work on Dwellings. I have never used discharge past but this makes me want to try it!

Katy S

Carole said...

Oh, Roberta.... so beautiful... both pieces. I love your quilting as well as colors on your 'Pods' piece. And, so clever... the discharge... Dwellings. I don't remember it on FFFC? Wow!
You are an inspiration to me. Makes me want to get home real fast to my sewing machine....

Rayna said...

Love the black quilt - what a great idea to quilt and then discharge.