All I can say is WOW and a huge “Thank you!” to all who purchased AAQI Priority Quilts at the Houston show! And of course a huge appreciation hug to the volunteers, it wouldn’t have happened without you.
AAQI Press Release (excerpt) – (Burton, MI) November 7, 2012: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) raised $75,000 selling small format art quilts at International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas, October 31 through November 4, 2012.
Volunteers sold 1,597 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts (mini quilts measuring 9″ x 12″ or less) breaking all previous sales records for the all-volunteer nonprofit.
I’m working on another Photograph on Fiber piece and needed a piece of fabric with a crackle finish. Here’s the very basic flour resist process I used to achieve the effect.
First I painted a piece of Pima cotton the lovely color Citron.
Next I brushed on a flour paste of one cup water to one cup flour (mixed well and no lumps). Sorry I don’t have a photo of this step.
I left that in the sun to dry. It was a really hot day and so only took a couple of hours to be completely dry. Then I rolled and squished the fabric to cause the flour to crack and shook it to remove loose dried flour bits. Next I painted on top of the flour with black acrylic paint, making sure to get it in all of the cracks.
I made sure the black was getting into the cracks by checking the back side of the fabric.
I let this dry completely, then soaked the piece in a container of hot water, rubbing gently until all of the flour was removed, not difficult but it took awhile. Raised more in a container of clean water and rinse, rinse, rinse! I want every bit of the flour gone before the piece dries. After it’s dry I iron it.
It came out perfect for what I’m using it for… A piece (along with many new pieces) that will probably be included in the January/Feb exhibit – More information about that gallery exhibit coming soon. I’m looking forward to playing with more surface design ideas. Have you created a wonderful piece of surface designed fabric? Please do share!
Working with fabric or fiber most of her life Ann continues to explore the possibilities. Ann’s art quilts have been published and have traveled Internationally. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows. Ann has presented lectures/talks and trunk shows, has taught and on occasion still teaches live classes. She enjoys making videos lessons and demos for her YouTube channel in hopes of encouraging others to give quilting, fiber art, and mixed media a try. Ann admires knitting and crochet, and though she can’t knit and can only crochet a chain stitch, she’s discovered other ways to use yarn!