I haven't written a blog post for a while because I was rather busy experimenting. Now the first set of "stitched images" are done. The aim of the experiments is to share my work at a lower price: $1 per square inch.
My wholecloth stitched paintings or art quilts retail for $2 per square inch. So much work goes into them that often I don't even make Californian minimum wage. But for some friends, that's still too much - and I really do like sharing my work. A dilemma! A contradiction: to create more value and offer it at a lower price? - This type of contradiction stimulates creativity. So let me share these experiments:
1) Select photos from our trip to Ireland, for example, this wide Irish sky.
2) Use Spoonflower to print them 13 x 17" on satin and linen (for 12 x 16" images).
(This night view of the Ha'Penny Bridge is on linen.)
(Another bridge over the Liffey in Dublin is on satin.)
3) Choose batting and quilt by machine and by hand.
(Grandma's Home is machine-quilted.)
("The Forty Foot" is machine-quilted and then embellished by hand with French Knots to give more texture to the foam.)
4) Stretch the stitched image over wooden bars and staple it.
(Front view of the Dublin Bay.)
5) Use self-adhesive bookbinding tape and ribbons to create a clean side and back view.
(Side view of Dun Laoghaire.)
(Dun Laoghaire is South of Dublin.)
6) Add hanging wire so that they are really gallery-ready - or ready for your own wall.
(Back of Dun Laoghaire)
Creative ideas how to improve this process?
(Sandy Cove with James Joyce Tower on the right.)
(A closer look at the bird in the foreground, also on satin.)