ArchiTEXTURE exhibit ready to open – 2017.08.06

Yesterday, we hung the pieces for our 4-person textile exhibit ArchiTEXTURE at the Anvil Centre Community Art Space.  Here’s a preview.   Of course, these shows always look better in person!

If you’re in the New Westminster area, come to the opening reception on Friday, August 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, in conjunction with the New West Cultural Crawl that runs over that weekend.

Or drop in anytime between August 7 and October 2.  And, watch for details coming soon about our artists’ talk in September.

     

 

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New events this month – 2019.08.02

There are a couple of exciting events coming in August where you can see a lot of wonderful artwork, including some of my art quilts.

archiTEXTURE: Hard Edges in a Soft Medium

About a year ago, myself and three textile artist friends – Judy Villett, Mardell Rampton and Janet Archibald – decided to put together an architectural-themed textile art show.  This weekend, we will be hanging the show, and it will open next Monday.  I can’t wait to see all of our work together!

Here are the dates and times:
August 7 – October 2, 2017  – Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC Regular gallery hours: Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm and Thursday 10am – 8pm
Opening Reception – Friday, August 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, in conjunction with the New West Cultural Crawl that runs over that weekend.

 

New West Cultural Crawl
August 12 & 13, 2017 – New Westminster, BC
A self-guided tour of work by local artists in 36 venues, in 5 neighbourhoods.

Opening Reception – Friday, August 11 – 5pm – 7pm, Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC

Several of my art quilts will be on display at the Constituency Office of Judy Darcy, MLA, at 737 Sixth Street, New Westminster – venue #12 in the Uptown neighbourhood.

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Art quilt ‘W and the 3 Bridges’ – 2017.07.23

 

My new art quilt ‘W and the 3 Bridges‘ is completed!  The finished size is 14.5″ x 27″.

 

In making this quilt I experimented with several new-to-me techniques.

I constructed the background (sky and water) with raw edges.  I usually fuse all my fabrics and cut them to precise shapes.  I like how the raw edges and freehand cut shapes give the background a softer look – even though I did have to trim some fraying threads from time to time.   See more about how I constructed the background in this post.

I traced my design onto sheer fusible interfacing, and used it for two purposes – as an overlay to position the fused bridge pieces, and as a guide for stitching the detail lines on the bridges.  See these posts for more information – Bridge 1, Bridge 2, Bridge 3.

I was planning to use white eco-felt for batting, but didn’t have enough on hand.  So I used Warm & White batting, and I’m really pleased with how flat it is.

I did all my quilting with no backing fabric – quilting through the top and a layer of batting.  This allowed me to easily add more quilting wherever I wanted to, without any concern of how messy it might look on the back.

Once all the quilting was done, I fused the backing on.  I fused Heat n Bond Lite to the backing fabric.  (I bought this fusible quite a while ago, but haven’t used much of it because I much prefer Steam a Seam Lite).   I trimmed the fused backing to 1″ shorter and narrower than the trimmed quilt, so that about 1/2″ of the quilt showed on each edge.  I did this so it would be easier to turn the edges to the back when I applied the facings.

I considered doing some minimal quilting through all the layers including the fused backing, but decided not to.  I want to see how this works.  If the bond holds, additional quilting should be unnecessary.  I can always add some quilting later, if I decide it’s required.

 

I used my standard facing technique, but with a couple of twists.

On more than one occasion, I have cut too much of the batting from the corners.  So this time, I sewed the side facings and pressed them, then finger pressed the bottom edge to figure out exactly how big a triangle I should cut from the batting.  After cutting off the corners of the batting, I attached the bottom facing.  I then cut the same size triangle from the top corners of the batting.

 

I usually hand-sew the facings to the back of the quilt, but decided to fuse the facings.  I used 1/2 inch fusible tape.  First I fused the side facings in place, then the top and bottom facings.  I’m happy with how this looks, and it was much quicker than hand-sewing.

 

 

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New art quilt – Bridge 3 and the W – 2017.07.19

Bridge number 3 on my art quilt (see previous posts for more information about this piece) is the Skybridge (part of the greater Vancouver rapid transit system).   This is the third time I’ve made an art quilt including this bridge.  It is the subject of my quilt ‘Swoop‘ and it’s in the background of ‘Dramatically Diagonal‘ (just recently given an official title).

I created the 3rd bridge using the same techniques as the first 2 bridges.

  1. I fused the bridge deck to the front of the quilt (then I stitched the edges from the front – not shown).
  2. I fused the sheer interfacing line drawing to the back, and stitched the cable lines from the back.
  3. I stitched the cable lines again from the front.

 

Then it was time to create the W (see this post for information about the real W).  I wanted the W to look realistic and dimensional, but didn’t want to fiddle with overlapping all the small pieces.  I decided to construct it on a base of black fabric.  These are the steps I followed (left to right):

  1. I cut the W from a photo I had printed at the desired size, then drew the lines of the shapes of the W with a marker.
  2. On the back, I re-traced the lines and marked each section L(ight), M(edium) or D(ark).
  3. I placed the W on a piece of freezer paper.
  4. I traced the outline of the W on the freezer paper.
  5. I cut the W out, and pressed the freezer paper outline onto thin black fabric.
  6. I traced the various shapes from step 2 to fusible web and fused it to the back of light, medium and dark rust-colored fabrics.  I positioned the fused fabrics on the black fabric within the freezer paper outline, then fused them in place.
  7. Then I carefully peeled off the freezer paper outline.
  8. I fused MistyFuse to the back of the black fabric.
  9. Then I cut closely around the W.  I left a slight line of black, which I later trimmed even more before fusing the W to the quilt.

 

I added the gray foreground piece and quilted it, then fused the W in place and quilted it.  Here’s how it looks now.  It just needs a back and a facing.

 

Here’s how it looks from the back.  I’ve done all the quilting through just a layer of batting – no backing fabric.  Now I’m going to fuse the back on, then apply a facing.  (You can see how I elongated the piece by moving the Skybridge higher and the W lower than they were in my original drawing.)

 

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New art quilt – Bridge 2 – 2017.07.15

Bridge 2 on my art quilt (see previous posts for more information about this piece) is the Pattullo Bridge, opened in 1937.  This is a beautiful structure, with its graceful arched shape, intricate angled beams, and distinctive colors.  (I have not been able to determine if the bridge was painted orange and blue when it was built, or if these colors came later – but I love the colors!)  You can read more about the history of this bridge here.

My intention is to emphasize the shapes and colors of this bridge, not to produce a photo-realistic image.  So I used brighter colors, and simplified the structural details.

I used the same techniques as I did for Bridge 1 – see my previous post.   In the image below you can see the sheer interfacing overlay I used to position the pieces of the bridge (it is difficult to see the lines drawn on the overlay in this photo, but trust me, they are there).  In the second image, I flipped the overlay up and fused the pieces in place.

Then I stitched the detail lines, as follows:

  1. from the front, I stitched around the edges with black thread.
  2. this is how it looked from the back.
  3. then I cut the sheer interfacing apart and fused this part to the back, aligning it to the stitched outlines.  Then, still from the back, I stitched the detail lines.
  4. this is how it looks from the front.

 

Here is what it looks like at this point.

 

I have lots more stitching to do from the front.  I will be stitching the outlines and details again – either several times with regular weight thread, or once with heavier weight thread.  I have to do some experimenting first.

 

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New art quilt – Bridge 1 – 2017.07.12

My newest art quilt is inspired by the photo below.  It was taken from Westminster Pier Park on the bank of the Fraser River in New Westminster BC.   In the foreground is the public art installation WOW Westminster.   In the distance are three bridges that cross the Fraser River.  My working title for this piece is ‘W and the 3 Bridges’.

 

I cropped the photo, and then used artistic license to rearrange some of the elements.  In my design below (which is a mirror image so I can use it to draw the pattern pieces on fusible web) you can see that I moved the foremost bridge upward so that it isn’t covering the bridge behind it.  I also enlarged the W and moved it down so it isn’t covering the bridge support columns.

  

 

I traced my design onto sheer fusible interfacing, to use as an overlay to ensure the correct placement of the water line, and to position the bridges.

First, I constructed and quilted the background (see previous post), and now I am starting to construct the bridges.  Here are the basic shapes of the three bridges pinned in place, and ready to be fused to the background.  I’m going to stitch the details of each bridge with black thread.

 

First up is Bridge 1, which is a railway bridge.  It was constructed in 1904, and originally had two decks to carry both rail traffic and automobile traffic.  Today it is used only for rail traffic.  You can read more about the history of the bridge here.

Below you can see the steps I used for Bridge 1.

  1. I used the sheer overlay to position the fused fabrics on the background, then fused them in place and stitched around the edges with black thread.
  2. I used black thread in the bobbin so I could see the outline of the bridge from the back.  Note that at this point, there is batting but no backing fabric.
  3. then I cut the sheer interfacing apart and fused this part to the back, aligning it to the stitched outlines.
  4. still from the back, I stitched the detail lines for Bridge 1
  5. the detail stitching looks good, but will need to be stitched again, possibly with thicker thread.  Later, after the other bridges are done, I will fuse on a backing, and then I will stitch the detail lines a second time from the front.

 

Come back in a couple of days to see what Bridge 2 looks like.

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New art quilt – background – 2017.07.10

I’m working on the background for a new art quilt, and decided to try some techniques that are new to me.  I decided to make the sky and water portions from strips of fabric cut freehand with a rotary cutter – but no ruler, and sewn with raw edges – no fusible web.  I just ironed the strips to a piece of batting, overlapping them and stitched along the edges.

I liked the look, but the fabrics frayed more than I had hoped.  If I had used batiks or more tightly woven fabrics, that would have been less of a problem, but I selected the fabrics by color and pattern, not by weave.  (I’m particularly pleased with the plaid and flower fabrics for sky, and touchs of purple.)

 

I considered adding more strips, possibly with fusible web to control the fraying.  Then I remembered that bias-cut edges don’t fray!  So, for the sky portion I cut smaller pieces as ‘clouds’, cutting the fabrics diagonally so the edges were on the bias.  I positioned them to cover the worst of the fraying and used a bit of glue to hold them in place.  Then I added a lot more wavy horizontal stitching lines.

 

And for the water portion, I added ‘waves’ cut on the bias.

 

I’m much happier now with my background.  I also had to remind myself that it’s just the background.  When I add the foreground elements, they will cover a lot of the background and draw the attention of the viewer.

If you check back later this week, I’ll have added the foreground elements to this art quilt.

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