This piece was inspired by plants that I photographed while visiting New Zealand a couple of years ago. The digital print on the top has been maniputlated in Photoshop. Arial paper is coated with gel media and sand. When that is dry it is coated with inkAID white matte precoat. The paper is dried overnight and then printed using a matte paper printer profile. The print is then cut into squares, randomly. Each square is layered with burlap, dyed canvas, dyed cheesecloth and fiberglass screen. This assemblage is attached to the screen with large stitching for hanging.
This is Kauri 22, which is part of a series created after my returning from a trip to New Zealand. My Kauri series is the first place lutradur was used for a digital printing surface in my art work. The piece is composed of a digital print on lutradur and twill. The twill was pleated after printing. Also included in Kauri 22 are canvas and burlap that has been dyed. The canvas is cut and pieced randomly. The burlap is pleated. All the components were then cut and sewn into an assemblage that is attached to canvas with large stitches for finishing. Kauri 22 appeared in an article in Quilting Arts Magazine-Winter 2006-Issue 24-“In the Spotlight” Section.
In the detail, you can see the printed lutradur at the top of the photograph.
Lutradur is one of my favorite surfaces for printing my digital images. When using this unique surface to run through your printer, first coat it with an ink aid. My choice is White matte precoat from inkAID. You can purchase this product from www.inkAID.com . The surface is brushed with the liquid, dried over night and then printed. Since lutradur is porous, 2 sheets can be stacked so some of the coating will seep to the bottom layer. This way less of the liquid product used will be wasted. When coating lutradur, be sure to use plastic underneath the textiles.
Lutradur has a parchment type look when printed. Soft and strong, lutradur is easily sewn into a composition, so using it in art quilts is no problem. For books and mixed media projects it is durable and can be painted. You can contact me with questions on this wonderful textile.
Kauri 22 and 2 other Kauri pieces have been juried into “Creative Force 2007”. This Art Quilt Exhibit will open at the International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival Houston Texas October 27-November 4, 2007. The show will travel from there.
While the next step of my current project has to wait for drying time, creating a post will keep me from rushing the process!
A couple of months ago we went to the Grand Canyon to hike. When walking around the rim, my obsession with lone trees became the subject of the day. This tree photograph was digitally maniputed and parts of the depiction were selected. Once these selections are made they are turned into patterns on my web site. The finished images are in the travel section under Grand Canyon.
This print was the one on the bottom the birdcage from my last posting.
This is the finished piece. All the elements have not been pictured in the blog. There are 16 compositions that make up the completed art work.
In starting this, the idea had been to do a textured board book. After creating enough of the pages on the board base, it was easy to see that the elements didn’t work in that format. The dead trees in front of the studio became the hanging rods. A quick trip to an import store gave the base of the small bird houses.
The bird houses were repainted and filled with little textural pieces. A miniature yo-yo quilt, beaded pieces of bark, a couple of long tags with photographs and fabric assemblages attached, these are among a few of the items that found a new home inside the bird cages. The bottom surface of both cages have a pattern made from a tree at the Grand Canyon, printed and transfered to the surface of a piece of burlap. Placing these items in the bird cages tied everything together.
Depicted here is the finished piece along with a detail of the textured surfaces from the side.
Hand made paper and hand dyed paper were stacked under a digital photograph printed on matte paper. Cut outs of various digital patterns, also printed on matte paper, were added to the surface of the photograph. The patchwork patterns are sewn by machine stitching through all the surfaces. This assemblaged is attached to the board page with gel media.