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Hanging at the Pompidou
In 2009, in Paris, I photographed a lone musician, absorbed with playing an instrument called a hang. Ten years later I decided to use this image in a quilt. I painted the figure of the musician digitally, using my Microsoft Surface Design (touch screen) computer and gave him a colorful wardrobe of saturated colors to replace the browns and beiges he was wearing in real life. I made the cobblestones into a rainbow gradation against a background gradation of white to black. A water drain became a diagonal line of black and white stripes, dividing sky and ground. I designed the sky in rainbow hues with a pointillist pattern, in which you can see the subtle outlines of the Pompidou Museum facade. The composite image was digitally printed on cotton fabric and machine quilted with many different colors of thread, almost to the level of machine embroidery. A custom binding, with black and white stripes fading to solid black in the corners was printed at the same time as the quilted center.
Fabric: 100% cotton • Batting: 50% cotton/50% bamboo • Thread: acrylic and polyester
Original photography, digitally designed, digitally painted and printed, machine embroidered, and quilted