Joan Brailsford – D
Doors and dishes
Inspiration: Doors of all sorts and ages which I have pictured at Middleport pottery buildings.
As I continue with my series based upon Middleport pottery, I decided to use the variety of doors of all kinds that can be seen there. There are worn and textured old doors that bear the scars of many knocks and scrapes, doors of odd shapes, and fancy doors with wrought iron-work and stained glass. As before, I have used photo collage by transferring the images on both cotton and sheer fabrics, and adding these to a cotton background. I also used images of dishes laid out in the factory shop.
Having made my photo arrangement, I created some doors with silk coccoon stripping on a blue scrim background, to imitate the texture of the old doors, and added those. I machine quilted the planks of the wooden door, and hand quilted the shapes in and around the other doors. I used the iron-work motif and the brick shapes to add interest and as part of the hand quilting, and used the shape of the bottle oven that I have included throughout the series.