I’m working on a renovation project. My goal is to breathe new life into a long list of fiber art quilts. All of the chosen items will receive not only a facelift but also be adapted to mount on a pre-stretched canvas.
The first item to receive my attention is an art quilt previously known as Paws For A Moment. I chose that name because sections of it were harvested from an unfinished Bear Paw quilt top. Those sections were then combined with an array of boldly colored fabrics.
After stripping away the binding, hanging sleeve and label I began shopping my inventory for fabrics to compliment this piece. I chose three: a raspberry floral batik, a teal Grunge and a sour apple green. All of them were selected because they were colors already present in the original design. The new borders were accented with straight-line stitching using color-coordinated threads. The refashioned fiber art quilt was then attached to a pre-stretched canvas frame.
As I stood back and admired my newly renovated project I couldn’t help but smile at its explosion of color. The vibrant pallet brought back memories of the rainbow sherbet I used to eat as a child. This childhood memory inspired me to give Paws For A Moment a new name. Here after it shall be known as Rainbow Sherbet, Art Piece # 2.
How’s that for a radical transformation! Any thoughts?
I’ve been creating art with fibers for a very long time. Each time I add their finishing touches I have to ask myself these questions: Should I
Add a binding or
Mount it on canvas?
Typically one of the first three contenders is chosen. A binding is selected when I want to add a boundary or resting place for your eye. I choose facings when I want my piece to appear to have no ending or in other words an infinity edge. The envelope method is my go-to option when I’m feeling lazy and want to wrap things up quickly. Mounting on canvas is the newest option to be added to my techniques.
So why did I add a fourth technique to my repertoire? I’m not one to be drawn to the newest and greatest thing. Being a creature of habit I am satisfied to stick to my tried and true behavior. Learning new things takes energy and I prefer to expend that energy on creating art. Every once and a while I bust out of that boundary and divert my attention to a new direction.
I am honored to have been invited to show my art at another solo exhibit. The fiber art items that will be on display will be for sale. Isn’t that exciting! To put my best foot forward I want to showcase my work in a way that will make them appear professional. Elevating them to a higher standard, in this instance, means adding finishing touches that require more skill.
I have been searching the internet and You Tube for suggestions on how to mount a fiber art piece onto stretched canvas. Through my efforts I have discovered an exhaustive library of options. After weighing the various techniques I have decided to combine several into my own hybrid. I am currently working on my first experiment. Let’s hope that it is successful.
The photo above is my first guinea pig. Next time you see this piece it will be transformed into a beautiful swan (well not exactly). ~Smile~