A blog about making art and other things using cloth, paper, paint, colour, stitch, and all sorts of exciting techniques, some of which I'm sure I still have to discover! I hope that the joy all this gives me is visible in what you can see here.

Monday, 31 May 2010

A new piece inspired by the Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa N.Z.

This is my latest quilt inspired by the Hundertwasser toilets. It measures just over 12"x15", so not that large really, but I thoroughly enjoyed cutting up pieces of fabric and then fitting them together into what I considered a pleasing composition. I didn't really have much of an idea of what I was going to do when I started, but decided to use greens on a black background, and dark blue on white. I quite enjoy working like this, as I often find a more spontaneous approach stops me from being too precise and fiddly! Having put the background together, I decided that it reminded me of a fish/lily pond, so added the simple fish, lily and lily pad shapes. It is all raw edged applique and the shapes have been bonded and stitched down onto the background fabric. The quilt sandwich was then put together, and I quilted through all three layers in between the mosaic shapes. The backing wraps onto the front edges to bind them.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

May Journal Quilt, Cracked Tiles.

My May Journal Quilt, inspired by the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa New Zealand. I used raw edge applique, and machine embroidery and quilting.

The Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa New Zealand.

During my recent trip to New Zealand, I visited the Hundertwasser Toilets in Kawakawa. What a fabulous place to spend the time answering the call of nature, I couldn't resist taking lots of photos, and spent far more time in this public loo than I would normally!!

My next four Journal Quilts for the Contemporary Quilters Guild will be inspired by the interior of these loos, the first one for May can be seen above.