Thursday, 10 May 2012

19. Loss of Eden Journal Quilt


I was very pleased that I already knew I was going to upload my Journal Quilt for this week today as that meant I didn't have to go outside to look for a photograph. The weather has been completely atrocious today! This JQ was inspired by the theme set on the Sketchbook Challenge site this month which was: Fruit and Veggies. You may well ask how I got from that to a piece that features a gravestone image. It went something like this: fruit and veggies - fruit - apple - many associations re apples - Eve eating an apple and starting humankind on a downward spiral - Adam and Eve gravestones - the one in Biggar I saw recently (shown underneath). Does this still make sense to anyone?. Perhaps I should simply admit that I loved that particular gravestone and really wanted to use it in a Journal Quilt ?
I combined that with a technique described in the March/April 2012 issue of the Cloth Paper Scissors magazine that attracted my attention as it uses Steam-a-Seam 2 (a double side fusible web) that by chance I had recently bought in Hobbycraft for no other reason than that I had never used it before. It would be a lie to say that I followed the instructions exactly to make my background. Rather I read it and vaguely still remembered what I thought were the essentials when I set to work. I started in a fairly organized manner and then left both instructions and methodical working far behind me, just proceeding as I saw fit! I used vintage papers, lace, fabric, paper napkins (featuring apples and pears, as well as grapes) to produce the
background and then ironed this onto a fabric featuring script and machine quilted it. The image of Adam and Eve with the tree was made into a sepia one, printed onto voile and added to the background. The whole thing was still a bit fragile so when the piece was finished I added acrylic wax in several layers to make it more durable and substantial. The text at the top left reads as follows: "fruit of that forbidden tree...brought death into the world, with loss of Eden" and comes from Milton's Paradise Lost.

7 comments:

Barbara said...

I completely get it!! Love how your beaitiful mind works!!

Barbara said...

helps if i spell BEAUTIFUL correctly, eh? i have NO DOUBTS!

Irene said...

I get it too. Just love the way you describe how you work.

Marie Costa said...

I'm always in awe of how many techniques you use, and the results are always beautiful and ethereal.

Linda said...

So inspiring Frieda-absolutely wonderful!!

Jewels said...

Great work Frieda - I LIVE by Steam a Seam and use it for a lot of my fabric creations!

Linda said...

This is a show stopper. Great art. I understand your thinking because that's what i do sometimes and for me-sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Obviously works for you. The effort to work the image into the art paid off, it's a wonderful gravestone carving.

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