Sunday, March 4, 2007

"Cup Mandala", 65"x75", 2006, $10,000

I love the idea of creating my own fabrics. I admire many artists who design for the commercial quilt fabric market. I have incorporated one of the prints of Kaffe Fassett into this piece to show the compatibility of my fabric next to his. I have done hundreds of drawings which, I think could be adapted into fabric designs. “Cup Mandala” is an experiment to see how my fabrics could be used in a finished quilt. I have also added acrylic paint to the surface and I have written words around the edge to express feelings of flowing.

The central panel of this quilt began as a pen and ink drawing on paper. I hired the Pixeladies, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki to enlarge and print it onto cotton fabric. The 8x10 border panels, also printed by the Pixeladies, began with my own design of fabric embellished with polymer clay buttons, buttons, acrylic paint and fabric paint. The quilt was quilted by Carlos Ramirez of Ohana Quilt Company. The quilting design began as my own drawing, which I did to echo the design in the original drawing of the central panel. Carlos programmed my drawing with the computer and quilted the piece with his long arm quilting machine.

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