Els Mommers – Decay
I am still intrigued by doors and furthermore experimenting with textile surface techniques.
When the theme Decay came up, the first thing that came to my mind was an old door in a somewhat dilapidated street somewhere in the south of Europe, of which I had seen a photo on the internet.
On our weekly painting mornings I made a design and painted it on a small canvas.
I added some silhouettes of old ladies to depict not only the decay of a building but also of life itself.
For the stairs and the walls I used some of my old rusted and breakdown or deconstructed screen printing fabric pieces and applied a thick paste of flour on it. After drying and somewhat cracking the flour, I painted over it and rinsed off the flour.
The stairs were then painted with acrylic paint
The fabric for the door was first covered with a kind of Vaseline and several layers of paint were applied over it. Black synthetic felt was placed underneath and the edges burned with the soldering iron.
A window was appliqued and the whole piece is free motion quilted.
The piece is finished with a facing.
The whole process can be seen in pictures on: http://kunamola.blogspot.com
Close up views:
Steps and door
Painted design on canvas.