Chantal Guillermet – Reflections – Through the Looking Glass
My starting point was a workshop I used to give on kaleidoscope. I had completely forgotten about it, but I discovered the file when I started clearing my studio for the move …
The fact that I was using mirrors and playing with them to get several representations of an image sounded interesting for the theme « reflections ». I selected a picture taken in India : a pottery in a garden (yes another one …) I placed two mirrors on it and played with the different angles until I was satisfied with the result.
I took a picture of the result : I had got three reflections of my initial picture. The reflected images looked distorted. I wanted to get a blurred effect in the background and a clear view in the foreground to make a difference between the reflected part and the real image. I layered a piece of tulle printed with floral motifs on the background to get blurred effect and quilted on the design.
The fragmented picture was traced on a piece of quilting paper and transfered on the fabric with free motion quilting. The potteries were painted with ochres playing with several colours. To suggest the mirrors I used a piece of grey shiny organza appliquéed on the reflected parts.
The floral motifs were reproduced with freemotion quilting on the foreground and painted with metallic paint to increase the contrast with the background.
The quilt is faced.
Material : hand-dyed fabric, tulle, organza, ochres, metallic paint (Jaquart Lumière), rayon thread.
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