Eke Krug – D
D from Devoré
Inspiration: Upcycle, making something new from a piece that exists. In this series six art-quilts are made from one old damask tablecloth.
For the fourth piece of my Upcycle series of six, with the letter D I choose Devoré. Wikipedia says: Devoré (also called burnout) is a fabric technique particularly used on velvets, where a mixed-fibre material undergoes a chemical process to dissolve the cellulose fibers to create a semi-transparent pattern against more solidly woven fabric.
I used the devoré technique om my damask tablecloth, on a piece of viscose/silk fabric, and on a linen, woven with a stainless steel yarn. On the left top of my work, a red triangle comes down. On this spot I took away the damask and you see a red silk underneath it. The piece I burned out got fragmented because of the proces, I used the couching technique to put the fragile fragments on the left side of the triangle. The viscose/georgette silk is in the bottom of the piece and the linen on the right side. A combination of hand and machine stitching is used for quilting.
The devoré tells a story to me. I see the uncertain situation in the world in it, a layer of civilization is burned away, and the rawness underneath emerges, anxious.
My piece is not finished yet, but I decided to upload it anyway. When finished next week, I will upload a new picture and remove these words.
Materials: Damask tablecloth – iron and tea for dyeing – silk – linen/steel fabric – cotton sewing thread – cotton, silk and linen threads – 20/80 batting – cotton backside
Techniques: devoré – hand and machine stitching