Reflections – an Art Quilt

Reflections is my latest art quilt.  It was juried into Qld Quilters State of the Art Quilt Exhibition 2019.  I really enjoyed working on this quilt.

It is currently on display in the Gympie Regional Art Gallery in Queensland; later in the year, it will be displayed at Surat in Western Queensland.

Materials Used

White fabrics – calico, silk noil, silk habotai, organza, satin, cotton, hessian
Paints, dyes, silk thread, cotton thread. Gold leaf.

Techniques

Painting, dyeing , stamping, screen printing on white fabrics.
Machine quilting, hand stitching. Embellishing with gold leaf and fabric paints.

Artist Statement

Reflections is my visual representation of the way our lives are layered and overlaid with experiences and events that we often have little control over. Yet through it all there is a constant core that shapes the person we become.

Hand-made Journals with tea-dyed pages

I have just finished making these journals.

The covers are from fabrics that I hand-dyed and the images are photos that I have taken. The poppy and the tree leaning over the water are from Monet’s Garden in Giverny (France); the third photo features Bunya trees from the Bunya Mountains (South-East Queensland)

I played with the photos in Adobe Photoshop Elements program and added layers so that they look more like paintings or art images than photos. Then I printed the images on fabric.

I used my Simplicity Rotary Cutting and Embossing machine to deckle the edges of the images, before adding them to the covers of the journals.

I used 4 threads and twisted them together for the ties.

The inside pages are made from tea-dyed paper.

This is how I tea-dyed the paper

I lined an oven tray with Alfoil and then placed a sheet of paper on top of the foil.

Then I made up a bowl of black tea, using 3 or 4 tea bags.

Obviously the stronger the tea, the darker the stain on the paper.

I didn’t make mine too strong.

I used a paint brush (about an inch wide) to paint the tea on the paper.

After the first side of the paper is coated in tea, I lifted it very carefully and turned it over.

The paper gets quite wet, so be careful turning it – it can easily tear.

After heating the oven to 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees F), I placed the tray in the oven for 2 minutes.

If you work with 2 trays of foil and paper, one will be ready to come out of the oven when the next one is ready to go in.

I left the sheets to dry overnight and then ironed them with a dry iron to flatten them.

These are the complete Signatures, ready to be sewn into the journal covers.

A Signature is the little booklet of pages that goes to make up a larger book.

I used 5 sheets of paper for each – lay 5 sheets on top of one another and then folded them in the middle. Ironed the fold.

I used 4 Signatures to make each Journal.

Hope you are inspired to make some tea-dyed pages!

Cheers, Lyn