Eke Krug – Photoshoot
Together in blue
Photoshoot, what is it and how can I translate it into an art quilt? When I am working on a project, I take a lot of pictures, normally. So I decided to make a photoshoot quilt of my quilt from the last theme. I started and couldn’t find the right way. Searching for a background for my pictures, I found the samples from a workshop I followed this summer. And then I started all over again.
Cyanotype on fabric was the workshop I did. We mixed two chemicals (harmless ones) and painted that on fabric in a dark room, like when you work with photos in the old fashioned way. Let the fabric dry, then take it to your working spot shutterd for the light, and quickly put your materials on the fabric. A piece of clear glass to cover it, cardboard underneath, and lay it in the sun.
Exciting to see the colour of the fabric turn from green to grey. The spots where the sunlight cannot reach stay white, and a picture is born. When the colour is good, quickly rinse the fabric in water and the blue comes up, it is like magic! I think this is a kind of photoshoot too. I used herbs and leaves, pictures of my ecoprints on sheets, a drawing and a photo from my daughter and me, a cut-out from a bigger one, which we transferred as a negative picture on a sheet. My quilt is a collage from these samples, a bit strange, but I like the result. I never before stitched faces, a really fine experiment, which I enjoyed a lot. It is not perfect, but then, what is?
Materials: cyanotype prints on cotton, silk and a paper tablecloth – several kinds of sewing threads – Hobbs 80/20 in between – cotton on the backside
Techniques: cyanotype printing – thread sketching – free motion quilting