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  DIVERSI-TEA, A FIBER ART TEAPOT


Diversi-tea is a fiberart work in the form of a teapot.
  • This work is another iteration in my #MeToo Tea series. It is intended to be a fiber art work in the form of a teapot. By virtue of its porous nature, it is clearly nonfunctional as a teapot. It nevertheless carries the message of women's subordinate standing in society and their exposure to abusive behavior in home and workplace..
  • The teapot is composed of two opposing felt panels to the exterior surface of which predesigned felt rectangles are appliquéd in a checkerboard arrangement. The rectanglesare printed with images showing women of various ethnicities and races with raised arms in defiance of the intolerable status quo, mimicking the famous WWII images of Rosy the Riveter.
  • Two white Foss Shape panels form the front face of the teapot; they are cut horizontally or vertically, respectively, into two-inch strips and woven back together again by sewing. The same process involves the formation of the teapot's back face from two other felt panels. When weaving of the felt strips is complete, the finished panels are cut into matching oval forms.
  • Foss Shape is a commercial felt-like material that hardens when heated to maintain the integrity of the work's three-dimensional construction.
  • Printed images of women, some wearing "pussy hats" and others in kerchiefs or hijab, are applied to cloth rectangles, which are then appliquéd in a checkerboard pattern onto the woven panels.
  • After the decorated rectangles are masked to prevent marring the images, the exposed white felt square areas between them are airbrushed with fabric paint. Because I used an incorrect sequence here (that is, I appliquéd the decorated felt rectangles before I airbrushed the background felt instead of the quicker and easier reverse order), I had to do considerably more work to carefully mask the embellished felt, Using the incorrect sequence served as a valuable lesson for me and for novices who embark on this kind of enterprise.
  • Black cording, which I made from Foss Shape, is applied to the entire border circumference of the panels and the teapot handle opening.
  • Another oval Foss Shape panel of the same size is affixed to the back of the decorated front pane and the two panels are machine quilted using multicolored thread in small zig-zag stitches. Wet-felted balls of Merino wool are glued in place at the intersections of the embellished rectangles using Liquid Silicone.
  • The same procedure is replicated for the back panel of the teapot.
  • The two completely quilted panels are sewn together to form a fiber teapot.
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  • Date: 2018.
  • Size: ” x ” x ”. [To be inserted]
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  • A work in progress.


 


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  • Foss Shape panels form the front face of the teapot; one is cut horizontally in two-inch strips and the other is cut vertically in the same way. The corresponding strips are woven back together by sewing. The font panel is shown here cut into an oval form.
  • Images of women, some wearing "pussy hats" and others in kerchiefs or hijab, are printed onto cloth rectangles. The decorated triangles are appliquéd in a checkerboard pattern onto the oval panels.
  • A comparably sized black felt oval is made for the front panel's backing.
  • Both the decorated front panel and its unadorned matching back panel oare machine quilted with threads of various color, using small zig-zag stitches.
  • The panels are quilted.
  • After the decorated rectangles are masked to prevent marring the images, the exposed white felt square areas between them are airbrushed with fabric paint,
  • I made black cording from Foss Shape and applied the cording to form borders around the entire circumference of the panels and the teapot handle opening.
  • Wet-felted balls of Merino wool are glued in place at the intersections of the embellished rectangles using Liquid Silicone.
  • The process is repeated in its entirety to create the quilted back panel of the teapot.

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