Chantal Guillermet – Series #1 – The Romantic garden”
My chosen theme is Botanical and my starting point my quilt “Hydrangea Macrophylla”.
I will use the Language of flowers as a common thread. Because of the flowers I have selected I will call my series “The romantic garden” : growing wild and old fashioned these flowers belong to the kind you can find into a grand mother’s garden …
I will have 3 different flowers, with two quilts for each one (I know I will have to withdraw one at the end …) I want to keep thread sketching as a technique for a more traditional representation on the first quilt for each flower; I will work more freely for the second one.
Two years ago I listened to Susan Lenz in Birmingham and was interested by her use of vintage linen and precious items from previous generations, and her concern about lost stories and family secrets. That is why I will try to use, as well as possible, my grand mother’s linen, lace, monogramms etc … I really like how these old fabrics, washed and rewashed so many times, take dyes.
I don’t know the evolution of my work for the series yet, and which techniques I am going to use… but I would like to keep some freedom and experiment.
Hydrangea in Winter. Quilt N° 1
I have chosen a picture taken in my garden in late November to show the sadness of winter when everything is dry and dead.
Material : Hand dyed fabric and tarlatane – acrylic paint – Inktense pencils – Platinum Inka acrylic wax (frosty flowers) – satin finish acrylic wax – lace for colographs.
Small squares of fabric are fused on the background, then the flower heads are drawn on a piece of stitch and tear and free motion quilted from the back. The petals are painted with platinum Inka acrylic wax to give them a frosty look.
Prints are made with collagraphs made with cut out shapes from lace glued on a piece of cardboard. They are used like stamps with white acrylic paint and embellished with inktense pencils.
I added another layer of flowers cut out from tarlatane to give more texture. They are sealed with acrylic wax to prevent them from fraying and to give a satin finish.
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