11" x 14"
stencil, screen printed, hand-dyed cotton, machine quilted
This quilt was inspired by a photo taken on a recent trip to France. We spent two nights in the very magical town of Colmar, with its cobblestone streets, half-timbered buildings and flowers still in bloom. No matter which way I turned, I couldn't help but smile.
Even before starting this quilt ( I had a completely different idea in mind ) I made a line drawing from the photo of what I thought would give a "feel" for the architecture, then made a Thermofax screen of the drawing. When preparing to do a "test" print of the screen on white fabric, there were small scraps of hand-dyed fabric on my print table and thought, hmmmmm...what would this look like if I place a few of these scraps randomly down and printed on top of them? Nothing to lose, so I did and really loved it, so decided that this would be the beginning of my Joy quilt instead of my other idea. Then the overthinking began: "I can't do this, it is just too simple". OK, what if I add something to the background? So decided to cut a freezer paper stencil of large run-on words of places and things that give me joy, to print on background which would add another layer.
This is version #3. #1 was my experiment, #2 was on a light grey linen but the color I stenciled
the background with was too dark and overpowered the other imagery. The use of the grey also gave a different "feeling" that I did not like, even though I did like the texture of the linen. I went back to look at version #1 that gave me so much creative "joy" and realized it was the black imagery on the white background with those few "blips" of color that I had lost by "overthinking"
freezer paper stencil