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  MAINE BARN QUILTS, PHOTO SILK-SCREENED AND THREAD PAINTED ART QUILTS


 

BARN AT SUNRISE

Barn image on cloth panel overlaid with thread painting technique.
  • Maine has a rich heritage of forestry, fishing and farming. This fabric painting-quilt reflects my long interest in the contribution of barn structures to the farm landscape. I have a large collection of barn images ranging from ramshackled vestiges to newly constructed or rehabilitated ones. My collection of barn photographs, taken across the state in all seasons, bears witness to these enduring emblems of the farmer's dedication to their homesteads. A selection of these barns is illustrated below.
  • My goal is to take the best and most representative of the barn images and form them into a large fabric painting-quilt. I use three versions of ten different barn images, each different from the others. This makes a quilt with a total of thirty panels. I also plan to create a series of ceramic tiles on the same theme.
  • For the quilt, I begin with white cloth blocks, each measuring 10.0" x 7.0". A single barn image is chosen for six-part separation photo slik-screening onto three cloth panels. Each of them has six to eight colors. Additional panels are similarly decorated with other photo silk-screened barn images. Fabric paint is used to further augment panel coloration and design.
  • "Thread painting" then embellishes the images on the cloth panels. This method gives me free artistic rein to apply various sewing threads --- in different colors, materials and thicknesses --- in interesting patterns that modify, enhance and add texture to the entire panel, including the barn, its adjacent surroundings and the sky above. Specifically, the type of a sewing machine painting technique I use is called "free motion stitching." which is made possible by removng the machine's feed dogs. (They are the mechanism below the foot plate by which cloth is grasped and fed under the needle.) Bird silhouettes are also added to some of the panels to enliven the foreground scene.
  • [Further details of  the construction process to be inserted]
  • Date: 2014.
  • Available for purchase. Price: $750.
  • A  work in progress.

ENLARGED VIEWS

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CREATIVE PROCESS

 

 

Selection of photographs from my collection of images of Maine barns.

  • Shown is a selection of barn images from my  extensive collection of photographs taken all around Maine in every season of the year.
  • They are representative of the diversity of the barn structures encountered in the countryside in all stages of weathered decrepitude and rehabilitative repair.

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    Thread painting sequence.

Thread painting sequence.

Thread painting sequence.

Thread painting sequence.

Thread painting sequence.

Thread painting sequence.

Thread painting sequence.

 

  • This sequence demonstrates the enhancement of color and texture involved in thread painting of photo slik-screened cloth panels with an image of a typical Maine barn.
  • The original unmodified photograph appears in the third row of the set of 12 images above at the far right (that is, #9 reading from left to right).
  • The serial steps are (1) taking the original photograph; (2) proceeding with the photo silk-screening process; (3) applying fabric paints; and (4) working the thread painting pattern for color enhancement and texture by free motion stitching with the aid of a sewing machine with its feed dogs removed.

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  • [More images and verbiage to detail the creative process for this fabric painting-quilt are to be inserted]

 


A  Work in Progress

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