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Fanfare for an Orange
I scanned an orange as I ate it, capturing it at various stages of decomposition, and even re-scanned it a few days later after the remaining skin had dried out. I transferred these images to fabric, but didn't know what to do with the images. One day I reached back to my early days of quilt-making when I did quite a few op-art quilts, and decided to combine the two ideas. I dyed the blue silks a number of times to get the proper depth of shade. I got the idea to quilt all the little oranges on the background to make it stand out. At this point I joined a quilt guild, and when I showed my work, no one responded, while they all responded to the traditional quilts, so eventually, I left the guild, and continued doing my own thing, connecting with some people on the internet, including SAQA. Ironically later, after the popularity of SAQA and the art quilt movement, the same guild invited me to have a special exhibit at their annual quilt show!
hand dyed silk, cotton batting, polyester prints, cotton backing
hand dyed silk shibori and regular silk dyeing, disperse dyed satin polyester prints, machine pieced and appliqued, free motion home machine quilting