Artifact 3.1

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Artifact 3.1
30 in
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35 in
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0 in
Year
2019
Photo Credit
Taylor Dabney
Price
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This work explores the forms and textures of the artifacts left in and on my body after joint replaced surgeries. Photos were taken with my phone of x-rays, bone scans, and scar tissue. These photos are digitally manipulated, layered, enlarged and then inkjet printed with fabric dye. The final fabric is machine quilted in a way that uses the sewing needle like a drawing tool. The resulting whole cloth quilts are a twenty-first century blend of low- and high-tech processes. The finished object has the structure of a quilt, but the images are autobiographical. Artifact 3.1 originated in a photo of the scar tissue after total knee replacement. This recent surgical scar was on top of a scar from reconstructive surgery forty-four years earlier.
Materials
Cotton sateen, dye, cotton batting, and cotton duck.
Techniques
Whole cloth, free motion quilted. Photo manipulated and enlarged digitally and inkjet dye printed. Back fabric is shibori discharged.

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