Fabrications

In 2017 I starting teaching a class at John C. Campbell Folk School, currently called ‘From Photo to Fabric’, where I teach my students to create ‘fabrications’. Below are some of the ones I’ve done. I learned the technique from Marilyn Wall at JCCFS, who asked me to take on the class when she retired. It’s an amazing technique that’s hard to explain. I do some image processing in my computer, print out several copies, temporarily adhere the images to various pieces of fabric (usually gradations of the same shade), cut out the fabric with tiny sharp scissors, stack ’em up, and fuse them together. It’s easier than it sounds, and very addictive. With it you can create smallish wall hangings that stand alone, or integrate fabricated images into larger quilt projects, as I did with the Swannanoa String Band, 1895.

Alexis in Okinawa, 1982 – a chance photograph that seems to capture my mother’s artistic spirit so well. Border is hand-done sashiko embroidery, a nod to our family’s Japanese connections. About 16″ x 20″; completed 2018. NFS

The Instructors of Acoustic Corner – It was an interesting challenge to ‘fabricate’ this image at this scale. First time using an patterned final layer to tie everything together. These wonderful musicians were our instructors when we owned the music store, and this was taken just before the annual concert in 2012. 40″ x 17″. NFS

 

Faces of Music – In 2012 I created a collection of famous musicians, who have influenced the musical direction of a music store I used to own in Black Mountain NC, where it remains on exhibit today. All of them used hand-dyed fabric from Vicki Welch, and they are all approximately 8″ x 10″ each. Here is the final product, a collage which now hangs on a wall in Acoustic Corner’s showroom.  The individual images are featured below. Private Collection

 Bill Monroe
 B.B. King
 The Beatles
  Bob Dylan
 Bob Marley
 The Carter Family
 Bonnie Raitt
 Charlie Christian
 Chet Atkins
 Django Reinhardt
 Clarence White
 Doc Watson
 Eric Clapton
 Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs
 Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate
 Jerry Garcia and David Grisman
 Jean Ritchie
 Joni Mitchell
 Merle Travis
 Paul Simon
 Pete Seeger
 Ralph Stanley
 Rev. Gary Davis
 Robert Johnson
 Taj Mahal
 Tommy Jarrell
 Vasser Clements
 Willie Nelson
 Woody Guthrie

Toby-in-the-Grass – Black dogs are hard to do, unless you get them in good light.  About 14″ x 14″; 2014. NFS

 

Woodland Ben – an experiment with commercial printed fabrics, instead of batiks. About 14″ x 14″; 2016. NFS

 

Simon Sleeps – proof that the technique applies to cats, too. 17″ x 14″; completed 2018.  $80

 

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