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  FROM MY WINDOW, AN ART QUILT


From My Window is an art quilt with the image of a pileated woodpecker.
  • From my lakeside woodland home in Maine, I can see a large variety of bird species. None is as noisy or as beautiful as the Pileated Woodpecker, which I have photographed many times. I depict here an especially lovely specimen. Although I have assembled large silkscreened images in the past from smaller segments, creating this art quilt is the first time I silkscreened an image for a single piece larger than the standard 8.5" x 11.0" film available for silkscreening purposes.
  • An eleven-color separation silkscreen is printed on large panels of white cotton cloth. This is done with aid from experienced consultants who work in large-image film for the silk-screening process, specifically out of an online firm in California capable of printing oversize film for silkscreening. The film is essential for exposing the final silkscreen image onto its frame.
  • A further problem is encountered because my relatively small hands and weight do not have the strength to properly use the large squeegee necessary to achieve the desired silkscreen result. Again, consultation yielded a solution: I was advised to raise the floor level to gain better height and leverage so as to provide more weight and force into each pass. This modification proved quite successful.
  • After the large film image is printed satisfactorily by silkscreening, the panels are further enhanced with the use of air-brushed and hand-painted fabric paints. The best of the panels are selected for completion, as described next.
  • A cotton batting is sandwiched between the front decorated panel and a black backing cloth. A strip of black bias tape supplements the decorated front panel to form a black border.
  • Thread painting technique quilts the three layers together, introducing swirled patterns into the background of the silkscreened image with various colored and textured threads to complete the quilt.
  • Date: 2016.
  • Size: 31.5" x 23.5".
  • Price: $1600.00 (framed).


ENLARGED VIEW

 

Enlarged view.

 

 


CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

   

From My Window shows a pileated woodpecker on a branch; photograph transferred to white cotton panel.

 

  • Photographs are taken of a Pileated Woodpecker. The best is chosen for enlargement.
  • Eleven-color separation is done. A  large film image is made for silkscreening from the color separations.
  • The image is transferred to a panel of white cotton cloth.
  • The image is further enhanced by air-brushed and hand-painted fabric paints.

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  • Cotton batting is sandwiched between the front decorated panel and a black backing cloth.
  • A black border around the front panel is added using black bias tape.
  • Thread painting technique quilts the three layers together. This method yields multicolored swirled patterns, as shown in this close-up view, using variously colored and textured threads to complete the quilt.

 

 


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