Chantal Guillermet – Series #1 – Black and white
As the repetitive theme in the series I decided to follow my ceramic quilting inspiration and use my favourite pottery shape – the small lacrymal vase found in Carthage. I like using pottery images in quilting and I have used them many times, but incorporating them into a modern composition will be a challenge in itself.
I have some black and white commercial fabrics, but they are somewhere in a box … so I decided to print the hand printed fabric I needed.
I used stencils and acrylic paint, black on white and white on black.
Firstly I did a frottage on the black background to “break” the solid black. For that I used a grid underneath the fabric and white acrylic paint.
I cut my printed fabrics into 1.5 squares et fused them on the background going from the darkest to the lightest.
I drew a shadow shape around each square and started filling the shadow shapes with hand-embroidered stitches, sometimes echoing the stitches with the print (French knots for dots) sometimes not, using perlé thread N°8. The pottery was appliqued at the end, by machine with a satin stitch.
The shape was cut out from a piece of transparent curtain, the squares can be seen through. The checkered background could be a rug or a tile wall.
The quilt is finished with a facing.
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