Chantal Guillermet – Architecture. Caravanserai
Up to the 15th Century Caravanserais were used by Caravans, travelers and traders. Trade development and transportation of goods along Silk Road or Spice Road favorished their construction.
In those times travelling along the different routes of Eurasia was dangerous. Caravans would cross more than 2500 kms through deserts and mountains.
Caravanserais would ensure safety for people, animals ans goods providing shelter, food and rest. I visited one of them when travelling in Turkey several years ago and was impressed by its architecture and the size of the building.
My quilt represents the view that the travelers had in the distance when arriving : a huge stone door beyond desert and mountains. The inside is suggested by several rows of arches in the background.
The stone door : is stencilled with acrylic paint and a commercial stencil. It is fused on the background and free motion quilted.
Tulip border : stenciled with paintsticks and a freezer paper stencil – the tulips are reproduced from a traditional Turkish fabric.
The arches :shadows added with paintsticks and quilting.
The mountain : is cut out from a piece of painted vliesofix and quilted.
My own hand dyed cotton popeline.
Paintsticks, acrylic paint, metallic fabric paint, vliesofix.