Many years ago I took a fabric painting class from Hollis Chatelain who’s work I greatly admired.
Of course I didn’t want to make quilts that looked like they were done by her.
I wanted to learn the techniques she used.
She was an excellent teacher.
While going through drawers looking for something the other evening I found this piece I started in her class.
I usually work fast, but this technique didn’t allow me to finish this in the class time.
I put it away along with the fabric I had also hoped to paint for the borders and intended to finish painting it.
One of the problems was I didn’t even know what colors I had used. I was concerned that if I used different colors it would be so obvious and take away from the beauty of the piece.
The overall design on the piece is a tessellation I quickly created from an index card.
This close-up shows the area of the tessellated shape you saw in the last picture.
I broke the tessellated shapes into 5 different units. I hope you can see the pencils likes I drew on the fabric in this gray scale image.
When I unearthed this I decided that rather than finish painting this I could combine it with some of my hand dyed fabrics to create a more pleasing composition.
In this photo I am auditioning some possible fabrics I could use with it.
I believe this is going to be something that will take me a while to resolve.
This will remain on my design wall so I can look at it as I am working on other things in the near future.
When I resolve it you will be the first to know!