Friday, April 3, 2015

The Machine- Created for SAQA Silver Anniversary

Digital Fiber

A photograph of a reflection in a store window filled with antique sewing machines of all varieties
detail
Printed on Textured Molding Paste, stitched, and cut into segments. Each segment is hand-tied together.
molding paste drying
inkAid applied
Digital Broadcloth, paint, medium, pearl cotton & thread
34.5x45 
on table with backing and getting ready to cut into segments
Created for SAQA Silver Anniversary
A photographic reflection of a storefront window filled with sewing machines. This piece is dedicated to SAQA and the Machine that made modern fiber art possible!
The Machine
While walking on a street in Boston with my son, we passed a storefront window filled with antique sewing machines of all brands. What a delight! I took several photographs because I found it so interesting. The glass of the window captured the machines and the street we were standing on in a hazy reflection.
 The combination of the old sewing machines with the urban scene strike me as juxtaposition, representing the lengths that art quilting has traveled.
I chose to present this image printed on a molding paste substrate. I prepared interfacing as the substrate, spread on the paste & coated with an ink jet preparation. The image was divided accordingly, printed and quilted.
Some of the machines in the photograph are distorted and hazy so I quilted the machines in black at first, but they needed some additional highlighting. I choose a variegated black & silver to continue the theme of SAQA’s Silver Anniversary.
Each section was then reassembled viva hand stitching and tying. This technique resembles how SAQA holds all of the great variety in the art quilt world together.
Who else would appreciate the sewing machine as much! This piece, The Machine, is dedicated to SAQA and the Machine that made modern fiber art possible!
original photograph- can you see my son & me? 

1 comment:

Janis Doucette said...

What a fabulous shot! And what you did with it - awesome!

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