Els Mommers – Motion: ROMIJN BMX
ARTIST STATEMENT: MOTION: ROMIJN BMX
The first thing that came to my mind when Motion was announced was a radar picture of the swirl of the devastating hurricane Matthew that destroyed Haiti again at the beginning of October.
At the same moment our grandson Romijn sent us some photos of himself crossing on his BMX bike and all of a sudden that seemed to be a much better option for this theme. This was motion in optima forma.
BMX is an abbreviation for Bicycle Motor cross and is his favorite pastime.
I made a photocopy of the picture, traced the contours on a light box and filled in the shape with black marker. I then photo copied it again, This time in 6 different sizes.
These copies were traced on white fabric descending in color from black to light grey.
Vliesofix ( Pellon Wonder under) was ironed under the fabric. The figures were cut out with sharp scissors and raw edge appliquéd on a handpainted background.
The background of the bikers is done in machine echo quilting for even more “motion” feeling.
The inside of the wheels is quilted by hand as is the middle part between the bikes.
The bottom part has pebble quilting in order to give an idea of a soil full of stones.
Hand painting, fusing, raw edge appliqué, free motion quilting by hand and machine
White cotton, hand painted cotton, batting, variegated polyester thread, hand dyed cotton thread, fabric paint, pellon wonder under.