In 2017 I decided to use old photos stored away as inspiration for my art quilts. Not only photos of people, but of buildings and backgrounds in the photos. I took new photos of the old photos, and transferred some of them to fabric on the printer. Now they were on a muslin fabric, able to be cut apart if needed, and sewn however and wherever I wanted.
This started me on a series of 12 inch square art quilts telling stories about the people I chose as subjects for the art quilts. Keep in mind that I let the photos create the story, and the stories are fiction. In some cases I don’t even know the people in the photos! But I let my imagination combine people and places and create stories. On each piece I added text which I wrote, to help tell the stories, or to give some idea of what I was thinking about as I created the art quilt. I added other fabrics as I went along, so most of the pieces aren’t just the printed pieces.
I ended up creating 8 quilts in this series, before I decided to take a break from it. The best part is that I can continue at another time, as there are lots of photos left and stories to tell.
And someday, I may be interested in jumping back in with new installments in this story. Today, I’ll post the first two art quilts. If there is interest, I’ll post the others in future blog posts. I want to be receptive to my readers, so let me know if this interests you.
The text on this one reads “The past is a closed door. Margaret Atwood
I wanted to show the leaving of a young man from home, with his mother or significant other watching him go. Let’s call her the Lady in Orange.
In this second one, the Lady in Orange became the focus for this art quilt. I created a background of a cityscape, added a suitcase in her hand. Her elderly parents are sitting off to the side in a very diminished image. The text here reads “She wanted to fly away, but she couldn’t find her wings”.
I carried over an image from each art quilt to the next one, to give some sense of continuity and to show that each character had their own story playing out in their lives.
Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear from you!