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© Ruth de Vos 2016
87cm high by 88cm wide
Fabric paint, cotton fabric, cotton batting.
Screen-printed, machine-pieced, hand- and machine-quilted.
For local clients (Perth, Western Australia), I can include a frame (email me for details). The artwork comes with hook and loop tabs for mounting into a frame. Alternatively,the artwork also has a fabric sleeve stitched onto the back for hanging purposes, and can be hung without a frame using a gallery-style hanging system, or with two screws in the wall. More info including pictures here: http://ruthdevos.com/blog/how-to-hang-an-art-quilt/
For the past school term I've been working on an illustration workshop by Lilla Rogers. We were taught about five different potential markets for illustration work (bolt fabric, children's books and more). We learnt what works best for each market, and how to present our artwork for consideration in these markets.
The workshop was self-paced and online, which always requires a bit of self-motivation and discipline. I always make myself work through every single exercise in an online workshop, partly so that I get as much out of it as possible, and partly because I know that it is pushing through the hard bits that helps to make one a better person and better artist. It was tempting to skip an assignment in this workshop, or at least to change it to suit myself, but I gained so much from working through the projects as dictated by Lilla. I always enjoyed the assignments way more than I expected to, even when I was initially unimpressed by the subject choice!
Here are the five assignments I submitted:
And finally we make a piece of wall art, to fit a number of criteria, one of which was to use yellow and pink.
Long term readers of this blog will know that I have done other online workshops through the years. Some have been illustration/drawing based, while others have been focussed on the business side of being an artist. It's part of my challenge to myself to keep growing and developing! Have you enjoyed an online or in-person workshop recently? If not, what sort of workshop would you love to take if you could?
This is my slow-burner sewing project – a storybook quilt. If you followed this blog for a while it'll be no secret that I love children's books. I also love fabric, so this project is a combination of two loves! I started this several years ago. It's the perfect project for picking up when I feel like a bit of handwork, or a change from my art making. I'm not in any hurry to complete it, just enjoying the process.
As we awaited Jason this sumner, I wrapped up all my art projects so that I would feel more relaxed about taking it easy during the last few weeks. And this was the perfect project to pick up. I stitched outside in a lazy chair while Phil built us a water feature and the kids played cricket. I stitched inside with my feet up on the couch when it was too hot to be outside. I stitched by the river on Christmas Day while the rest of the family swam, and at the park while the kids played. And through many evenings of contractions. A perfect distraction.
I love a basic geometric quilt (squares, triangles or hexagons) for showcasing a collection of fabric. This quilt includes Spot, Maisy, Where the Wild Things Are, the Pigeon, Frog and Toad, Busytown, the Hungry Caterpillar, Little Nut Brown Hare, Alice in Wonderland, Miffy, Dr Seuss, the Saggy Baggy Elephant, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie and Peter and Jane.
I think I'm a bit over half way now, so don't expect to see the finished results any time soon!
A big project over recent weeks was dyeing a new batch of fabrics. By batch, I mean something like 360 pieces of fabric (0.5m by 1m each).
I needed a whole lot more light fabrics, as well as darks.
Above is my existing colour palette, while below are the new fabrics, and in the crates you see the new fabrics mixed in with the existing palette. There’s definitely a better palette now than before, although I’d still like to work on some more dark fabrics. The thing with making artwork by piecing bits of fabric together is that you need fabric in every colour, unlike painting where you can mix the colours as required.
I feel that the darker tones have been missing in my artworks, but clearly dyeing darker is also proving to be a challenge! I’ll give it another go sometime after baby is born.
My Spoonflower package arrived! Looking forward to stitching some of this up into my quilts. I sort of had in mind to create a piece for stitched & bound with this, but I don't think there's enough time left for that.
Have you tried Spoonflower yet? Here are 7 reasons to get some of your own fabric printed:
1. Bind a book (ok, this uses their decal option, rather than fabric)
2. Make memory pillows from concert tickets
3. Make tea towels from your favourite recipes – what a great gift idea!
4. Make a periodic table quilt. Ok, that's the nerd in me coming out!
5. Make an iPad cover featuring your favourite Instagram pics.
6. Upholster an armchair with old family letters (my Opa's primary school penmanship books would be perfect for this!)
7. Make your own clothing labels