Chantal Guillermet – D
D for Denmark: Viking
Inspiration : Several years ago we visited Denmark and went to the “Viking ship Museum” in Roskilde near Copenhagen. I was impressed by the size of these huge boats and by the strengh and power that was emerging from them. For my piece I used several of my photos plus one from the Museum collection (Detail of the boat with foam)
I started by the composition of the fjord landscape using appliqué and overlapping the different pieces with zigzag stitches and transparent monofilament.
Quilting : I divided the mountains into various areas to give a feeling of depth; the water is quilted with waves mixing several tones of blue and silver thread.
I also wanted to bring a celtic note to my piece. I reproduced a design taken from a colouring book belonging to my children quite a long time ago … but I had to redraw it as it was a frame around a page and I wanted it curved. It took me a long time but I liked the result and machine quilted it on the sky like a rainbow. I added echo quilting by hand. The boat is fused on the top after all the quilting on the landscape is done, then it is quilted and painted.
At the end the foam is added : it is made with burnt lutradur (Light N° 30) : it was my first attempt to use lutradur and I think in this case it is quite effective. I added some puff paint and a bit of white shimmering paint for light.
Design and detail views: