From Paper To Fabric
hand-dyed 100% cotton, screen-printed, fused, machine and hand-stitched
My first thought when I heard the word Translate was to work with a foreign language, probably French. I then googled, and from thefreedictionary.com one of the definitions "To change from one form, function, or state to another; convert or transform" captured my attention and pulled me in a different direction.
I have been quite obsessed with monotype printing since taking a gelatin plate printing class with Linda Germaine last August. Although I have yet to make my own gelatin plate, I do have a Gelli Plate which I have been using to make my prints which are mostly on paper. I decided that I wanted to develop my quilt based on one of my prints using my printer to transfer from paper monoprint to fabric.
After going though my prints and choosing a few favorites, I narrowed it down to one of my fuchsia designs. Fuchsia blossoms have fascinated me for years. This particular design started out as a rubber stamp that I designed and carved at least 20 years ago.
Last fall I started cutting stencils based on my own designs, out of mylar instead of the paper/tyvek ones that I was using with the Gelli Plate. The first stencil that I cut was an enlargement of my little rubber stamp fuchsia.
I have included photos of the original monoprint, mylar stencil and rubber stamp.
Gelli Plate monotype print on paper
hand carved eraser rubber stamp and mylar stencil