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 THE GOOD LIFE, AN ART QUILT


The Good Life is an art quilt with primary imagery derived from one of my collection of Maine barn photography.

 

  • The Good Life is another in my series of art quilts based on an image selected from my extensive collection of photographs I took of barns across the state of Maine (see Maine Barn Quilt page for more details). This quilt depicts a prototypical vintage Maine barn.
  • The quilt is a complex design created by combining a multitude of techniques and media. First, I took a photograph of a Maine barn. A 6-color photo silkscreen separation is made to produce several prints on white cotton cloth. Fabric paint is applied by hand and thread painting is done in swirls and linear patterns. This entire process is repeated on several other panels. Only the two best ones are chosen for the subsequent steps.
  • Commercial multicolored and multi-patterned fabrics are then added for borders.
  • When these sequences are completed, both panels are cut into strips, one vertical and one horizontal, and woven back together using a balanced twill weaving technique. This method had not been previously used by me.
  • Surface coloration is next airbrushed using fabric paint to impart richness, depth and subtlety to the work.
  • Wide black borders are then added to the assembled woven piece.
  • Finally, the entire piece is quilted, sandwiching cotton batting between the decorated front panel and a black back panel, using free-motion stitching on a sewing machine with multi-colored threads. The final border consists of another strip of black bias tape sewn in place.
  • Year: 2016.
  • Size: 26.0" x 22.5"
  • Available for purchase. Price: $2,000.

ENLARGED VIEW

 

Finalized qult with black border added.

 

 


CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

  

Original photo of a Maine barn.

 

  • A copy of the original photograph I took of this interesting old Maine barn is presented here. This image constitutes the elemental basis for constructon of the quilt.

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Photograph modified by adding coloration with fabric paints.

    

 

  • A six-color separation process is used to facilitate silk-screening of the modified photographic image and its transfer to a large white cotton cloth panel.

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Image further modified by balanced twill weaving method for enhancing the design.

 

 

  • The process is repeated on several panels. Two of the best are chosen to be cut into strips, some vertical and some horizontal.
  • The cloth sttrips form the warp and weft for weaving into a twill fabric.
  • The particular process I used is the balanced twill weave or reversible type.
  • Although I had never used this method before, the results proved valuable to express my artistic objectives, as shown here.

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Close-up views of thread painting details.

 

  • Shown here is a selection of close-up images taken to illustrate the detailed thread painting done to enhance the coloration of the quilt.
  • Fabric paints are also added for this purpose.
  • Multicolored fabric is added to the panel to form borders.

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Finalized qult with black border added.

 

  • Quilting the work entails thread painting to sandwich a layer of cotton batting between the fully decorated front panel and a large black panel.
  • The black back panel is added to the central panel and sewn in place to form the black border.
  • This completes the work.

 


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