Fortunately, the deadline for submitting our SAQA donation quilts was extended because my sewing machine came to an abrupt halt in the middle of it, so….I finished it by hand and finally mailed it in.

“And Still” 12′ X 12″

I started by transferring a patterned inkjet print onto the fabric in the bottom part of it – a new technique for me that I’ll definitely do some more of. Then I hand printed a custom stamp with fabric paint on the background fabric above the inkjet print. I cut out the shapes of a container, some oranges and some flowers and leaves by eye, without drawing them first and fused them on, along with some other shapes that I cut out of some commercial fabric.I started to apply them with some machine stitching, and after my machine went kaput, I hand appliqued them on and added some embroidery here and there. The one focus flower became pretty dimensional as I hand stitched many small snippets of fabric to create the textured whole.

“And Still”  detail
Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

2 replies on ““And Still”

  1. Janis, I LOVE this piece. I’m sorry to say I don’t have $$ to purchase it. I am one of SAQA’s economically challenged members. It looks a lot like Eames Era prints in color and balance.


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