Chantal Guillermet – Blooming
Once again a picture from India inspired me. Taken at the Red Fort in Agra, this is a detail from a bas relief. I did not want to copy it, so I kept the main idea and took some artistic licence with the composition.
This is the first piece of a series, I don’t know yet if the series will have 3 or more pieces. I have decided to concentrate on backgrounds and technique. I made a rubbing on the background fabrics with markal paintsticks and a grid underneath, cut them into squares and rectangles, then layered them randomly and fused them. I secured each square with transparent monofilament, and waxed them to prevent fraying too much.
Edges : I kept the idea of a mosaïc border on two sides only and simplified the design. I made a stamp to print it. The flowers come from a copyright free book I have, I played with their size for the composition. I prepared my designs on tracing paper and free motion stitched them with black thread. The quilt is faced.