Art Imitating Nature…

As I mentioned recently we have had windy, rainy weather and that means a lot of palm fronds have sailed to the ground all over town. This reminded me to share the little art quilt below. A while ago I was experimenting with a piece of my hand painted fabric that had been treated with Terial Magic Spray Stabilizer and then put through a pasta machine. The experiment was a failure but I decided rather than waste the fabric I would try to make a small art quilt using it. Once I started working with the fabric I kept thinking it reminds me of something but I couldn’t put my finger on it… until my Mister and I were walking at the bay. There I saw a piece of fallen palm frond and as soon as I saw it I said out loud “That’s it!” When the strands of fiber separate they make thinner, thread like strands running perpendicular and that is exactly what I got when I pulled the fabric apart.

palm tree fiber
wind dancers

The tentative title is The Wind Dancers…Notice I hand embroidered tiny leaves, ballet shoes, and then French knots on a skirt of silk. So much fun! It makes me think of a forest of trees swaying in the wind.

wind dancers detail
The Wind Dancers – detail

Sometimes failures bring on happy endings… Have you resurrected what you thought was a failed piece only to rework it into a happy ending?

About Ann Scott

Working with fabric and fiber for over forty years. Design, instruction, and sales.
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2 Responses to Art Imitating Nature…

  1. Joanna says:

    I’m trying to wrap my head around the pasta machine part of your post. Did you want to shred the fabric? What was your original intent? I often find that cutting up a failed project leads to something else, but when it’s already cut up that option isn’t available.

    • Ann Scott says:

      I have been quilling fabric and I learned that some people were using their pasta machine to make paper strips so I thought I would give it a try with my stiffened fabric. Needless to say it didn’t work. So I’m back to my two ruler strip cutting technique for now. I refuse to use a die cutting machine and I haven’t seen 1/8 inch cutters anyway.

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