My last post invited you to attend the MIX Exhibition. Our challenge this year was to complete 3 pieces "in the extreme". Color, Shape distortion and material in the extreme specifically. Several member chose a single theme while others varied this. Each piece was to measure 18" square.
I often find I tell a story with my quilts and these were no exception. Where play golf when in the desert does a really bad job of pruning trees. Due to occasional wind storms they need to keep them low. So, they just top off all the limbs causing them to grow right angle joints. I fondly refer to these as the elbow trees.
In January, the trees were strutting their stuff with gorgeous pink flowers but nary a leaf. I decided they had to be girlies and my She Art series began. To date I have finished three and they were the entries to the MIX Exhibition.
First : She Gives New Meaning to Going Green
This tree begins with distortion due to wind and leans. It seemed the perfect coupling to explore distortion with dye. The shibori technique happens through pole wrapping cloth and then over dyeing. The fine angled lines shibori produces seemed the perfect detail for the fine branching of tree. Hand embroidery completes the piece.
This is color in extreme study: acid green and shades of grey. I chose a commercial fabric that resembles a hand dye for the tree. Sort of psychedelic. The arms of this tree make her seem as if she is raising the roof, rocking it. I added tree "bling" to her limbs 'cuz she is going out.
And last for now: She Has a Night on the Town and Nothing to Wear
I chose the color red for "painting the town red" but the tree is made from cloth that resembles a paper bag. I created some patterns in Photoshop and ran portions of the tree branches through my computer (extreme material). She is still a plain jane. Ifinished with some hand embroidery in the center section behind the tree.