Chantal Guillermet – Country – Flora/Fauna
Inspired by the undergrowth of the Canadian forest, this quilt represents the flower that is the official emblem of the province of Ontario : Trillium Grandiflorum. It is composed of three leaves and a three-petal flower. It also exists in red but it is the white one that represents Ontario.
I started by printing maple leaves on a dyed fabric with acrylic paint. Then I cut it into three parts. I prepared a large quantity of irregularly cut strips of fabric and assembled them randomly. The colours chosen are reminiscent of the different colours of the forest throughout the seasons.
For the trillium flowers I used a drawing found in a children’s colouring book which I reproduced on a piece of water-soluble film. I prepared a “sandwich” with small pieces of different white fabrics between two layers of water-soluble film, they were heavily quilted and cut out. For the leaves I fused two layers of fabric, quilted the leaves and veins and cut them out.
Both leaves and flowers are only appliquéed to the quilt by the stamens of the flowers so they remain a bit raised on the surface of the fabric.