Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.
The theme for the latest ‘Art Quilts Around the World Group‘ challenge was ‘Nursery Rhymes’. For my quilt I decided to ‘ignore’ the darker side of this nursery rhyme (you can read all about this in Sue Zimet’s post) and take the words of poem quite literally.
It was the word ‘contrary’ which caught my attention i.e. ‘opposite in nature, direction or meaning’. Behind the garden wall, Mary, whom I view as a young girl, perhaps of teenage years, shows her spiky, disorganised ‘other’ self.
Techniques used: Image manipulation and printing, rubber stamping and Inktense pencils, appliqué, fabric painting, stencilling, foiling (silver bells), machine quilting.
You can see the other group members’ quilts here.
I have recently joined the ‘Art Quilts Around the World Group‘ and this is my first challenge quilt (A3 size). The given theme was “The Eyes Have It” and so my starting point was the saying “Eyes are the Windows to the Soul”.
When we go away on holiday I take lots of photographs of architectural details and in particular windows and doors, the older and more decrepit the better. I often wonder just what stories these faded, crumbling relicts have ‘seen’ and could tell us about if they could communicate.
By overlaying and manipulating photographs with a sketch of some eyes I created an interesting computer montage of a window. The image was then printed onto transfer paper, the window cut out and applied to a commercial quilting fabric, trapping strips of frayed muslin in the process. Finally I added washes of colour and stencilled ‘peeling paint’ shapes to give the impression of an aged door. Machine quilting and embroidery stitches add interest and definition.