Joan Brailsford – Artist style #2
Inspiration: Our local lake and nature reserve
Continuing my theme of ‘close to home’ in the style of my chosen artist Hundertwasser, I decided to depict a local lake which we often use for our daily walks. The lake was created from reclaimed waste land, and which also serves as a nature reserve. I used the shape of the lake and colours of the water and trees.
When starting a quilt I always use a base of thin scolata cotton to which I attach my design. For the water I used a background of hand-dyed polycotton that I tacked to the base, and added bands of commercial fabric in graduated colours. I hand-stitched these these down as part of the design and to anchor the lake to the base. I used a silver thread and chain stitch to hint at a glisten of water between each band, and added a central section of dyed abaca tissue.
For the background to the trees and vegetation surrounding the lake, I pieced strips of silk sari ribbon together and used tiny seed stitches to attach these to the base. For the trees I again used hand-dyed polycotton and used inktense pencils to colours bands of green, I then added hand stitched circles to emphasise and add to the bands.
Finally I used machine stitching to echo quilt the shapes surrounding the trees and between the bands of colour in the lake. The quilt is bound with the samew black and white fabric as my previous piece, and I hope to use this for all of my quilts this year to give some continuity.