Chantal Guillermet – Series #5 In tribute to Van Gogh
My starting point is a photo I took of a sunflower field in Provence. The picture was cropped to only keep one of two flowers; then it was enlarged and I increased the contrasts before printing it in black and white. I also worked with the reversed image.
Background fabrics : vintage hand-dyed linen and lace; for the flowers I used silk, light fusible interfacing and vliesofix; Hand-dyed thread for hand quilting, rayon and silk thread for the flowers. Markal paintsticks and freezer paper for stencilling.
Technique : I have chosen silk for the sunflowers to make a contrast between the coarse texture of the background fabric and the delicate and shiny aspect of silk for the flowers. To stabilize the silk I have fused on the back a light interfacing; then the flowers were traced on the paper side of the vliesofix, cut out and fused in place. I traced my flowers on a quilting tracing paper to be more accurate when doing the free motion quilting. Some leaves were stencilled with paintsticks, I also added a little bit of paintstick on the flower petals. Hand quilting was added at the end following the motifs left by the dye on the fabric.
Close up View
Quilts in Series – Wallflowers