02 December 2013

Current Work - Grace Butland, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Last Leaves
Fall days find me picking up leaves, bringing them home and pressing them between sheets of wax paper to preserve the colour and postpone their inevitable disintegration. Some of the shapes eventually make their way into art quilts, as in these photos.
Last Leaves is an older piece made of pieced, hand painted black silk noil; the birch in the forefront is white silk noil with machine stitching; the appliqued leaves are cotton.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with different methods of painting fabrics with acrylics and have now amassed a number of small pieces (about 12 in. x 12 in.) created with no particular purpose in mind. I am now working on a series of small quilts using some of these fabrics. While walking a new route one day, I realized I was stepping on gingko leaves and had to pick up a few to add to my collection and thus the small piece, Gingko, was born. The base in a muslin painted with acrylics; the prominent appliqued leaves are cotton, the less prominent ones polyester organza. The piece is machine stitched with a bit of hand beading added.

Gingko detail

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