While pondering the “green” challenge”, the idea which came to mind repeatedly was leaves. I began by making square blocks of green fabric loosely based on the log cabin pattern. Each block contained at least one fabric with a leaf pattern. Although I liked the direction this was taking, it was not really breaking any new ground. Then I saw a PBS program, Craft in America: Threads, which featured among other artists, Faith Ringgold. One of her works which was based on eight triangles in a rectangle, was inspired by a design used by the Kuba people of the Congo. Miss Ringgold has frequently used variations of this design in her work.
Incorporating leaves into this geometric pattern became my goal. Gloria Muddle’s technique of painting on fusible web and adhering the painting to fabric described in the February/March 2012 issue of Quilting Arts inspired me to try printing leaves onto fusible web. This method was fun and yielded varying degrees of success. Printing on fusible web instead of directly onto the fabric meant that I was not ruining fabric if the leaf print was unsuccessful.
|New Leaf - Challenge 6|