I am fortunate to have a quilt chosen for the third time to be in Quilt National. My piece Crowded is the result of work I am doing on the subject of repeats. For some time now I have been attracted to the idea of a repeat being both exact and different. The differences, including the random effects (errors or opportunities) for me make the repeats more interesting, revealing more about the image. It is with this in mind that I now explore aspects of traditional printmaking.
My work uses digital collage and print as fundamental elements in its image development, but Crowded is the first to be developed directly from the initial input of traditional
printmaking. Crowd was the first image, and I hope an enigma: what kind of crowd? Positive or negative? Political or religious? Herded or spontaneous? I started with a collagraph
plate made simply of cardboard, masking tape, acrylic medium, and
This was an
experiment in viscosity printing, where inks of different densities are used on the same plate to
create intaglio and relief printing at the same time. I was pleased with five of the variations I achieved;
I very much liked the effect of them together, and decided to make a quilt out
the five paper prints and digitally tidied up little elements, then printed out
three copies of each of the five versions.
I used a desktop printer with prepared sheets of A3 size silk. These are extremely fine, and so I ironed on
thin Vilene in order to provide enough stiffness to stitch comfortably. I joined all the rectangles together by
machine before beginning to hand stitch the individual panels with fine silk thread.
delighted with the result and even more delighted when Crowded was chosen for Quilt National 2015. (You can read about other QN'15 quilts from European artists on the SAQA Europe/Middle East blog.)