One of my latest additions to my Paintbox series…..meet Splash aka Paintbox 17. The first piece in the series was inspired by an arial view I saw of dye pots in Africa. The rest is history. I’ve been working off and on in this style for about four years. Of course, I do other styles of fiber collage as well, but I really like working in this abstract style.
Here’s a closer look. You can see I use all kinds of fabric from silk to mystery fabrics from the local Ben Franklin! The fabric is the lower right corner in this photo was dyed in Africa….but I bought it in Scotland! Go figure. I’m always on the hunt for the unusual but I use plenty of typical quilt shop cottons as well. I love the mix….
Speaking of the mix….I did one all silk collage in this series…and the results were interesting. Since I loved to add the luster of silk, I reasoned, why not do one with all silk. Wouldn’t it be even better? Wrong….at least for me. Without the contrast of other fabrics it just didn’t seem to pop. I added lots of hand stitching to save its life and that made it Ok….but I learned something. More is not always better….in silk as well as food. Unfortunately that’s not true for money…!
Here’s the all silk piece…..”Dancing on the Silk Road”…..the luster level is all the same which seems to make it look flatter and duller. Maybe it’s just me…but I’ll stick with mixing up the types of textiles that I use.