Friday, 27 August 2021

Revealing Psalm 4 verse 8


stencilling a nz flax over the fabric


xxx Ida

Creative process Psalm 4:8

 Psalm 4:8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

As Psalm 3 doesn't have a verse 16, I just count on to Psalm 4.

Usually I read the chapter and some commentaries to get a feeling for the meaning.

Then I go on and write words down which come to my mind.

Rest, peace, sleep, Lord, dwell, safety, circle, hands, hoizontal, music, music notes, shelter.

Those words help me to visualize and then I start sketching. I started of with a circle and some flowy patterns. 

But subconsciously I already had a picture in my mind, because this verse is always with me when I go on a long hiking journey.  And many a time, in the middle of the wilderness this comes to my mind.

So I thought I am going to make this personal and include mountains and a tent!

At the same time my eyes were drawn to a detail in one of the quilts Deborah Boschert is working on. Thanks Deborah! Check her out


I have quite a stash of fabrics and make pile of blues and greens as they evoce peace and rest       to me. 

Once I am at that stage I have a rough idea of the base layer of the quilt. So I start fusing some pieces together. Each step then needs thought about the order: Stitching first? Or printing? Foreground or background layer? It takes me many hours of pondering and readjusting.

I really like this design, maybe I can use it as inspiration for another art quilt.

The sky is a bit too light, so I use a biscuit wrapper as a stamp and stamp some gray over the light fabric. Quite happy with the added texture.

At this stage it's scary to make a stencil for printing over the almost finished design....if this doesn't work......
Stitching first or tent first? Tent first and the stitching adds an interesting layer.

Almost finished now, just do some hand stitching and finish the edges.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Revealing Job 3:16

 Revealing Job 3:16

"Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants which never saw light."

After a difficult start I really started liking what I was doing and I am happy to show you the end result! For peope who are interested in the process I have written a post on that.

Ponderings and Process Update Job 3:16

 Job 3:16

"Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, as infants which never saw light."

I just quote what Matthew Henry says in his introduction of the book of Job:

"The history of Job begins here with an account, I. Of his great piety in general (v. 1), and in a particular instance (v. 5). II. Of his great prosperity (v. 2-4). III. Of the malice of Satan against him, and the permission he obtained to try his constancy (v. 6-12). IV. Of the surprising troubles that befel him, the ruin of his estate (v. 13-17), and the death of his children (v. 18v. 19). V. Of his exemplary patience and piety under these troubles (v. 20-22). In all this he is set forth for an example of suffering affliction, from which no prosperity can secure us, but through which integrity and uprightness will preserve us."

To be honest I was dreading the idea of having to make a quilt about this verse. In chapter 3, the patient Job becomes the passionate Job. He begins by cursing the day of his birth, following with the question why he couldn't have died right after being born. In fact why wasn't he born dead.

I guess you all will understand why this is difficult to depict. I have been pondering the ideas of a baby, maybe thread sketched in black? But in the end, decided the subject is too sensitive and I thought I might be able to make it abstract and only print the verse.

Till I came upon a painting by Catriona Reid, which hugely inspired me. 

Job is speaking about light a lot. It's mentioned 32 times!

I first started painting on a creamy fabic, but that didn't really work out. Till I found a grey and white marbled fabric in my stash which I dyed in coffee and used bleach to create a stormy and gloomy sky. 

On a seperate piece of fabric I outlined a tree and  thread sketched (free motion) lots of black thread on it and cut it out and glued it on the main panel. Then secured it with lots more stitching and loose hanging threads. 
At the bottom I made a rocky outcrop with a black silhouette, fused and stitched. 
How to put the verses onto fabric is always a challenge. This time I installed a Calligraphy app and played around with it. Till I had a nice font. I tried finding a tool how to mirror image the words and print them onto Transfer Artist Paper, which in turn you can iron onto fabric.
However, I found this piece of silk organza in my stash and stabilized it with steam a seam and used intense pencils and fabric medium (so it doesn't bleed) to handwrite the verse. Using steam a seam means I could iron the silk on my piece.

Next blog post is reveal time!!

Friday, 25 June 2021

Reveiling Esther 4:1

I already wrote a blog about some of the background of the book of Esther and the design/background research I did. 

Now for some technical details. I decided to make a fabric collage in a neutral palette. So I fused steam-a-seam on several pieces of tonal fabrics and layed it out in a square. I cut some pieces of hessian (jute) and distressed this to give the impression of torn clothes. 

I copied the cuneiform script from the Behistun Inscription, established by king Darius the Great. I took me quite a few hours, I felt like a monk ;)

I preferred it to be an abstract piece (meaning no literal Mordechai with torn clothes), but I still managed to hide a face profile in it. 
Composition is something I think long and hard about and I usually sketch a minimum of 8 different compositions. It's important the whole is well balanced and also has a little tension. Hence the teardrops to repeat the blue and the jute to repeat in the corner. 

I am very happy how my cuneiform script turned out, with the Bibleverse woven into it. It was actually very scary to quilt over it, but the irregular grid is very fitting and symbolic.

Let's show you how it turned out, hope you enjoy it!

Monday, 21 June 2021

 I thought I share a short work- in- progress update. I started on the book of Esther. There's no chapter 3:16, so I moved to chapter 4:1 as Donald E. Knuth does in his book "3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated"

"When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry."

The book of Esther tells the story of a beautifull young Jewish woman who becomes queen of Persia and saves her people.

Haman, the enemy, wants to eleminate all the Jews. King Xerxes orders a decree which spells out the destruction of the Jews. When Mordechai, Esthers cousin, hears of this he rents his clothes and puts on sackcloth and ashes.

When I read this verse I knew I had to make something with burlap (hessian) fabric. As this is used to make sacks and is coarse.

I also started researching in which language the decree would have been written and. I came across: Aramaic, Old Persian (Cuneiform). It's a script the Persians invented and looks very interesting. In Iran is a piece discovered which recorded the feats of the Achaemenid king Darius the Great. I have used this script and have used papyrus (which I bought in Egypt about 12 years ago :)) The Persians most likely used papyrus to write on.

So far some background on my research. I'll show a few pictures of my progress so far!