Caro Higgs – Series #2 – Motifs
As I worked on the original I began to wonder about the possibility of adding more transparency. I love the idea of layers and what can be revealed/concealed. I more or less kept the original shape of the motif but then played around with the background. I had started out with small circles and this time I have added a second block by drawing up the circle motif larger and over printing it on the original, the colours are fairly similar, grunge reflecting the dust and dirt of India. I then outline quilted the larger circles before applying the motif in a semi-transparent gauze which frays horribly! In an attempt to draw out the colour of the larger circles I used a paint/glue mix on the edges to calm the fraying. Two small mirrors have been added in the top corners to represent reflection.
I am happy that there is some transparency and I want to take the shapes further in my next piece and play with the juxtaposition of the different shapes.
The back ground is the same eco-dyed fabric as the original and the blocks are lino cuts which I printed with fabric paints. The gauze is synthetic. Hand quilted background and machine appliquéd main motif.
Close up View:
Detail of the base of the piece showing the quilting of the larger ‘print’.
Detail of a top corner showing the mirror and problems with fraying!
Quilt in Series- Motifs
Quilt 1 Quilt 2