Chantal Guillermet – Horizon
For Horizons I wanted to illustrate the fact that when you are travelling you open your horizons. You meet new people, you enjoy local traditions, learn about new customs and visit beautiful places. It is what my quilt shows and it was my feeling when I discovered Russia.
Background : I sprayed my fabrics with water, crumpled and painted them with setacolour fabric paint. I wanted to re-create a cold and icy atmosphere. For the top I used one of my photos taken at Moscow Kremlin. It is free motion quilted and painted with inktense blocks and Jaquart Lumière fabric paint. The Matriochkas represent the idea of meeting new people. They are stencilled, using masks for each step.
When I visited the Russian Ethnographic Museum in Saint Petersburg I saw lots of traditional embroideries with cross stitch. I made a stencil with one the these traditional motif and stencilled it with Markal paintsticks. Most of the these embroideries are made with red thread, but I chose a blue and a gold thread because I did not want the motif to stand out too strongly on the background fabric. The outline of the shapes is free motion quilted. The quilt is faced.