Chantal Guillermet – Motion – Cycling in the wind
The dictionary “New Collins” the definition for Motion is :
The process of continual changes in the physical position of an object, or : A movement or an action, or : A manner of movement like walking or cycling …, or : The ability of movement, like gestures etc …
Looking at the several aspects of the definition, I thought about the different means of transportation. I decided to choose cycling because of the double movement :because the body is in motion it produces a movement to the bicycle.
I imagined a scene with two girls cycling in the wind, like the ones I see in Brittany on the coast.
Technique and material :
I started by fusing a light bondaweb on a thin cotton batting, arranged my fabrics on the batting and ironed them in place.
I have used linen, a loose woven quality, that I like for its texture. It is hand-dyed. Only the sky is a hand-dyed popelin.
The girls on their bicycles : I have traced the design on a piece of Stitch & Tear and, with the heavier thread in the bobin, I have free motion stitched them from the back on the batting. I have added the backing afterwards. In doing this it was easier to be precise, especially with the bicycles ! they were a little bit tricky to reproduce … they were coloured at the end with inktense pencils.
I have used stencilling with acrylic paint for the pebbles on the road and for the flower bushes; and metallic wax for the curly shapes in the sky suggesting wind.
Finally I have added some free hand embroideries for embellishment to give texture.
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