Wild Rabbits Running Wild
Whole cloth on cotton, snow-dyed cotton, mono-print, silk-screen and thermofax screen.
Originally I was designing a wild flower-themed quilt, using Queen Anne's Lace ( daucus carota ) wild carrot. I took lots of photos as the plant is "in season" now and growing everywhere except in my yard where it would be very welcome. Then, while running errands about a month ago, I was driving home on a road I have driven hundreds of times, but this particular time noticed a sign that changed the creative process in an instant ( I love when that happens! ): SLOW WILDLIFE XING.
This sign is either new or has been there for years and I never paid attention to it. As I have had the word "wild" on my mind, the sign caught my eye and imagination with an idea that was much more motivating to me than the wildflower concept. I immediately "saw" giant wild rabbits leaping back and forth across the road. Like Queen Anne's Lace, rabbits are very much in season now. I can pull into my driveway most evenings and see at least three munching away on my plants!
I did know that what ever the design, I wanted to include mono-printed imagery using my gelatin plate. The background started off being just an experiment with a hand cut mylar stencil applying the paint on the plate in various ways using non-rabbit colors for fun. The more I played and layered the image, the more I liked the result and thought, "what if" I allowed myself to use this experimental piece as the "real thing"? So I proceeded by layering more imagery using silk screen and thermofax screen methods, and was quite pleased with the result. When I was ready to add the binding, I thought I would just use white fabric, but happened to have a piece of snow-dyed fabric out for another project, looked at it and realized that it had all of the colors that I used in the quilt and it blended rather nicely. I then "auditioned" the white, which was too stark. Another one go those unplanned moments that worked!