Chantal Guillermet – Elements : Forest Fire
Among the “Elements” I’ve chosen FIRE to describe the fascination it has always had on human beings; but also to show its negative and destructive aspect. I wanted the theme to be related to an environmental subject : because of human carelessness and sometimes fascination, forest fires are a real concern for our environment, a factor of destruction and desertification. The dark tree skeletons are standing against a smoky background. The flames are eating what is left and gold sparks are floating in the air.
Material : hand-dyed cotton, painted vliesofix, metallic acrylic paint and fabric paint, gold foil, variegated cotton thread and metallic thread (gold)
Techniques : The trees are cut out from painted vliesofix and applied on the background before being quilted and embellished with copper acrylic paint to give like a reflection of the flames. The flames are fused and quilted, then painted with metallic fabric paint. Quilting on the background with gold thread; dots of plastic glue with gold foil for the sparks.
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