Virginia A. Spiegel
Photo: Deidre Adams
Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie opens this Friday, May 8 with an opening reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. The exhibit continues through July 11.
Shagbark 7 is a hand-stitched labor of love (hand stitching on screen printed upholstery fabric is a crazy thing to do – believe me) and I’m so pleased to have it shown in this wonderful venue.
I’ve been studying my huge shagbark hickory trees since I moved here ten years ago. They are amazing trees, always shedding their bark in sheets of texture and color. A shagbark tree in winter holds the snow in its crevices and cracks. There is always a beautiful tapestry of color ranging from softest white to darkest black.
Materials: Acrylic textile paint, upholstery fabric, polyester fabric, felt, cotton embroidery thread, rayon thread, ink.
Techniques: Screen print with screens from artist’s photos, cut:, raw-edge collage created with machine stitching, handstitch, burn, ink.
Here is an earlier blog post with more photos of the artwork while in progress.
Here is a post about How to Stick with the Stitching as I learned a few tricks as I stitched and stitched.