Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dee's Boundaries


Boundaries:  Slipping the Boundaries of Earth




Leaving earth and hurtling through cloud layers into a world of brightness and color was the sight awaiting me each day for 34 years when I went to work.  No matter the time zone or weather, I saw a sunrise or sunset at 36,000 feet; and very often both in the same day.

Techniques:  2 pieces of white PFD cotton fabric painted with Pebeo Transparent Paints.  One piece with more blue/purple, the other more yellow/orange.  These were cut apart and integrated at random.  The photo, which I took, of airplane wing and engine was printed onto cotton batiste from my ink jet HP printer. The quilt is 3 layers and quilted with 100 wt lavender invisafil/wonderfil. 

When I was ready to fuse the airplane image onto the painted background I thought the background looked too bright and too much going on for such a small space and the plane image was lost.  I flipped the painted piece to the back side and there was the picture I wanted! Not only was it a softer version but I liked the rawness of the exposed stitched seams.  This felt like the earthly boundary that I needed to slip past.   To add depth  and to make the exposed seams lay flat, I fused black netting over the top.  I wish I had put the netting on before quilting, then I would not have needed the Misty Fuse to adhere the netting.   This is mounted on an 11 x 14” canvas frame.

13 comments:

  1. A beautiful quilt, Dee! And such a different "take" on our theme. Love it!

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  2. Love this! It has an ethereal sense and I can feel how wonderful flying is. Your composition really helps to give the feel of flying above the clouds with the corner of the airplane wing just in the corner. Your painting is spot on.

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  3. Love the painted fabric. Very effective.

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  4. This is very special. Reading your explanation gives me new meaning to boundaries. Thanks for explaining the techniques you used.

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  5. Fantastic colors! This is wonderful.

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  6. Love the look of the plane soaring into the sky that you have achieved. Another boundary that I did not think of. Well done!!

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  7. Wonderful. Love the printed plane.

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  8. Your design narrative was a hoot. I'm positive you improvised many times in your flight career! Very effective sky painting, and using the wrong side was a brilliant flash (of daylight)! This is a great place to experiment, is it not?

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    1. I have used the wrong side of commercial fabrics a few times, and I have used raw edges, but yes this was a light bulb moment to try it it this way. (pushing personal boundaries)

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  9. Hi Dee, Your quilt was so well thought out. I love the sunrise/sunset look of it from the wing of your airplane. Being a stewardess must have given you awesome views. Kudos for painting and quilting such a beautiful piece!

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  10. Wonderful interpretation. I love the airplane flying out of the scene

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  11. A very beautiful composition! The colors are those that sometimes actually appear in a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Love it!

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  12. Hi Dee ... What a lovely piece ! You used to be a Stewardess; on my 21st birthday (many moons ago!) I got my Commercial Pilot's License, and I can really relate to what you're describing !
    Another poem (or part of a poem) that I can relate to your quilt goes something like: "I have slipped the surly bonds of earth...."
    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, and for your great interpretation of this challenge!

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