Self portrait with ancestors (detail)
It has been over a month since the last post here, but I assuredly have not been idle. I’ve completed most of the backlog of quilts-in-progress. Indeed only two that are on cloth remain. I say ‘only’ two, but each of those will require much work, one by hand and to be left until winter, and one by machine. Here are some of the ones completed:
Chasing fish (detail)
Finding the edge (detail)
I have also completed many small pieces; several while watching tennis, including:
Point by point (detail)- silk
Contemplation (cotinus) (detail) – cotton
Hot novel (detail) – cotton
Building an argument (detail) – cotton
Both Triplicate and Contemplation were originated as what I will call traditional prints, although I’m not sure that a solar print is strictly speaking traditional. One of a series of monotypes using stencils led to Triplicate – the print scanned, and not much digital work needed before it was resized and printed onto cotton.
An experiment with solar printmaking: photopolymer plate origination and intaglio printing produced the main element of the image that became Contemplation (cotinus). I scanned one of the resultant prints, and in this case digitally removed the original background, reworked the composition, and inserted a new background consisting of a scan of diseased cotinus (smoke bush) leaves from the garden. Printed onto A3 lawn cotton, I’m pleased with the effect. I like this figure, and could well use her again with a different background.