Design & Construction

Work in Progress

Artwork title: “Rooted in Knowledge”

Methods: Hand-dyed, quilted, embroidered, and appliquéd image to be mounted on stretched canvas with background and details painted in with acrylic and iridescent gouache paints.

Rooted in Knowledge - Image sketch

Image sketch.

Rooted in Knowledge - Wax & Dye

Wax is painted on as a resist, and dye sponged on.

Rooted in Knowledge - Wax Removed

After layers of dye are applied, wax is removed by ironing fabric with newsprint underneath to soak up the melted wax.

Rooted in Knowledge - Completed Image

Completed, dyed image.

Rooted in Knowledge - Cotton Broadcloth with Batting

Dyed image is laid over cotton broadcloth, with batting in between.

Rooted in Knowledge - Basting Stitch

A basting stitch is used crisscross across the three layers of materials to hold them in place.

Rooted in Knowledge - Edges Trimmed, Turned and Sewn

Edges of image and batting are trimmed, turned under, and sewn with invisible stitching to bottom layer of fabric.

Rooted in Knowledge - Fabric Appliqué Added

Pieces of fabric appliqué are sewn into the image using invisible stitching.

Rooted in Knowledge - Appliqué Treatment

Image showing appliqué treatment.

Rooted in Knowledge - Layers are Quilted Together

The layers of fabric are quilted together, using the image as guidance, giving a slight 3-dimensional quality. Finer detail images are embroidered to emphasize them.

Rooted in Knowledge - Embroidery Details

Embroidery details.

Rooted in Knowledge - Excess Backing Ttrimmed Away

Excess backing fabric is trimmed away from image.

Rooted in Knowledge - Quilted Image Gglued to Canvas

Remaining quilted image is glued to a canvas.

Rooted in Knowledge - Quilted Image Glued to Canvas

Quilted image glued to canvas.

Rooted in Knowledge - Bare Canvas Painted

Bare canvas is painted in acrylics and gouache.

Rooted in Knowledge - Finer Details Added

Finer details are painted directly on quilted sections.

Rooted in Knowledge - Finer Details Added

Finer details are painted directly on quilted sections.

Rooted in Knowledge - Finer Details Added

Finer details are painted directly on quilted sections.

Rooted in Knowledge - Completed Piece

Completed piece, “Rooted in Knowledge” 48”x36”