Chantal Guillermet – P
P for Porto (or Portugal)
Inspiration : The portugese city of Porto is famous for its beautiful blue Ajulejos. I gave my own vision of the place playing with the vertical lines of narrow streets and design of the traditionnal Ajulejos.
When visiting Porto I had been impressed by the walls covered by blue Ajulejos in the old town. It gave a feeling of unified decoration and discreet opulence contrasting with the austerity of dark and narrow lanes. I decided to play with this contrast and used 2 pictures : one for the Ajuleros and one for the street.
I made a linocut using the design of an Ajulejos and printed a piece of fabric with it and acrylic paint. To represent the narrow lane I worked with stripes, following more or less the colour zones on my picture and the shapes of the houses. Then the printed fabric with Ajulejos was sawn on each side of the lane, like a frame. The details – doors, windows, electric wires – have been free-motion quilted in black. The Ajulejos were outlined in blue. I used the vertical to write the name “Porto”, only ” P ” is blue, the other letters are painted with yellow ochres.
The quilt is faced.