Susan Slesinger – Entrance – Wonky Barn Door (Barn Study II)
Wonky Barn Door (Barn Study II)
I have been taking photographs of a dilapidated barn in Ste. Catherine de Hatley, Quebec, for a number of winters, in different weather conditions, in the hope of using it as the basis for a wallhanging. The wood has aged each year, and the barn has become more skewed and uneven with time. The wood tends to look grey on cloudy days, and browner when the sun is shining. On the sides, pieces of sheet metal have replaced some of the missing wood planks. Occasionally I catch a glimpse of a purple plastic crate or two when I look inside from the side. Whenever I have stopped to photograph the barn, the doors are always closed, and one cannot catch even a glimpse of the contents from the front.
This piece is the second fabric study I have made, preparatory to creating a larger piece. The top section of the barn was created using string piecing on a muslin (calico) foundation. The barn doors are made from a photo transfer fabric, using photographs of the barn door. The remainder of the piece was created with fusible raw-edge appliqué. The quilt uses hand dyed fabrics, batiks, and commercial screen printed fabrics, and I chose to use a wool batt to give it dimensionality.
Inspiration for the quilt: