Don't look now but I'm actually here for this challenge's reveal. See, I do stay home sometimes LOL
After enjoying the process of the Pojagi in the last challenge I was
keen to carry on exploring layers and the idea of looking through. On a
train journey from Cornwall I had plenty of time to let my mind wander
and notes I made at the time include suggestions of monoprinting on
cotton; building up layers of print on top; sponging; painting over
stitched, quilted fabric, discharging, painting again; scribbled
stitching. As the train slowly approached London we passed a
Macdonalds' with its iconic arched logo and that turned a light on.
Having recently seen Karen Turner's work I thought about layering
fabrics over a textured basecloth and cutting the arches through to
reveal the texture below. I think that would have been a fun way to go
but when I got home and started looking at my photos of texture and
architecture I found an image I had taken in Leicester near the New Walk
Museum of a very decaying building.
As you can now see the image at the top caught my imagination and I decided to explore that with surface design on fabric.
Using my own printed , dyed and discharged fabrics I cut and bonded the pieces to batting layering one or two sheers with text on them below the dyed net curtaining that forms the 3 neutral columns. My free machining/quilting skills are distinctly lacking but I used a variety of stitching to describe the cracks that you might see as a building deteriorates. The 'quilt' is A3 size and there is no binding, the backing was turned through and the edge closed with top stitching all round.
The beauty of this challenge, as with the preceding ones, is that it has opened my mind up to so many possibilities and so many ways to interpret the texture in architecture and I could and hopefully will carry on exploring for many months to come. I am hoping that the next challenge will lead naturally into related areas of work and I still have to come back to how pojagi and archi-texture can come together.