Chantal Guillermet – Decay
My inspiration is a photo taken in a narrow street in Jaipur.
1/ Preparing the design : I underlined the main lines on the photo to define the different colour zones, printed the photo at the correct size, and traced these lines on a quilting tracing paper.
2/ Preparing the background : I selected fabrics according to the photo, choosing faded colours and greys, cut them in stripes of diffferent widths and fused vliesofix on the back. Following the picture I cut squares and rectangles and started to arranged them on the batting, slightly overlapping them. When satisfied with the arrangement, I ironed everything in place. To increase the deterioration effect, I made some prints on the backgroung surface. Each piece of fabric is stitched in place with zigzag and monofilament thread.
3/Quilting and embroideries : I layered the quilting paper in place and started free motion quilting with black thread following the design, sometimes repeating several times on the same place. For the central windows I used white thread instead, and painted the inside of the design with white acrylic paint. I also used neocolor II to increase some details or add shadows on several colour zones.
The labels on the walls are cut out from an old Indian newspaper and fused in place with misty fuse.
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