Canvas + Paint – Experiments in New Backings

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I’m experimenting with two weights of canvas (#12 Natural Cotton Duck and 60 Single Fill 10 oz. Duck, both from Online Fabric Store) as backing on which to build art quilts.  In the past I have used wool/rayon felt.  The reason for trying something new is that because layers of paint and fabric often become quite heavy.  Ergo the search for a lighter, but sturdy, backing.

Below was my first trial.  I finished the entire quilt and then decided to paint the back.  In order to avoid bleed-through, I screen printed with three colors of textile paint.  The canvas sucked up the paint and the art quilt is quite heavy.

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The opening photo is the next experiment in progress,  I heavily diluted Setacolor and Dye-Na-Flow paints.  The fancy bamboo brush held too much paint, so I switched to a 2-inch house painting brush.  Eventually I moved all three backs to plastic on the floor to more easily work on all three at once and reach the centers.

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Here are the other two backs (one with more yellow beneath the blue top one) ironed and ready to go.

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Last days to see “Rock Time”

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Rock Time 
by Virginia A. Spiegel

My Corner of the World, a Studio Art Quilt Associates’ juried exhibit, will close January 29 at the Thunder Bay Museum, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Canada. The above artwork is included in this traveling exhibit.

Don’t think you will make it to the Museum?  This page has links to see all the artwork, purchase a catalog, etc.

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2×20 Exhibit Opening in California

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Shagbark 3
Virginia A. Spiegel
24″h x 36.5″w
Acrylic textile paint, upholstery fabric samples, rayon thread.
Screen print with screens from artist’s photos, cut;
raw-edge collage created with machine stitching.

Two by Twenty, a Studio Art Quilt Associates’ juried exhibition will be shown at Road to California, Ontario, CA, January 19 – January 22. I saw this exhibit in The Netherlands and it is well worth a visit.  Each of the twenty juried artists has two artworks in the exhibit. My Shagbark 3 and Shagbark 4 are included.

In person is really the only way to see how the Shagbark series was created from hundreds of small pieces cut from individually screen printed upholstery fabric samples. Nothing was fused, so you can imagine the pins (and the time) involved.

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There are seven Shagbarks – see them all here.

There is a beautiful catalog available for the exhibit from SAQA, now on sale for $10.

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01 2017

Boundary Waters 83 Juried into H2OH!

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39.5 x 40 inches
Materials:  White cotton fabric, non-woven fabric, Lutradur, ink, gel medium, acrylic paint, miniature paper fasteners.  Techniques:  Screen print, paint, collage, cut, punch, fasten.
Virginia A. Spiegel

Boundary Waters 83 is one of 34 artworks from 522 entries juried into H2OH!, a Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling exhibit focusing on water. A list of all the accepted artists and venues already scheduled for the next three years are here.

I SOOOOOOOO wanted to be in this exhibit because when I am by or on a lake, river, or ocean I feel I have arrived exactly where I need and want to be.  And, of course, the waters of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are near and dear to my heart. I continue making artwork in this series not just as an artistic expression of how I feel about the landscape, but also as witness to an area that must be cherished and protected from development and exploitation.

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Boundary Waters 83 – Detail 1

There are three artworks in this series within the series.  The other two are under wraps until I enter them a few more places. There is no stitching in the three artworks. Let’s just say THOUSANDS of miniature paper fasteners would not be an exaggeration. The action of punching small holes and inserting the fasteners is actually quite similar to hand-stitching and equally time consuming.

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BWaters83Dtl2500webBoundary Waters 83 – Detail 2

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01 2017

2017 – Off to a good start!

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It’s the start of my studio season with hardly any snow, but temps in the single digits.  It’s such a joy to be once again inspired and working in the studio every day.

Above is an artwork I just started for the Studio Art Quilter’s Spotlight Auction at their annual conference.  It’s two layers of Lutradur stitched together and burned.  The inserted fabric is hand painted and I added ink highlights.  Now on to hand-stitching!  Title: December 21.

I also have in the works two new Boundary Waters – one of which I am sure to bring to completion, the other is a bit shaky at the moment.  Onward!

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