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Monday, April 26, 2010

A very small mixed media quilted collage

Poetry is Just the Evidence

I made this piece quite a while ago, but never got around to writing up instructions.  I suppose that at the time, it seemed so simple that I didn't think I really needed to, but now as I look at it, it's not completely obvious to me all that was done!  Hope I can remember properly!

I started with this marveous quote by Leonard Cohen: "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." I was involved in an online beading art group at the time, and I knew that I wanted to do something with that quote for one of the challenges. The challenge turned out to be working with color combos that you usually avoided.

Well, apple green, red, and bright yellow kind of fit the bill!  This is a small piece, only 8 by 8 inches. 


1. I started with plain black and white fabric, stitched together into a square nine-patch, and I used textile paint to add color to selected squares. 

2. T-shirt transfer paper was used, with the quote reversed, to apply it to a plain piece of muslin.  Fray the edges.

3. The woman was printed out on photographic paper (matte finish), and protected with acrylic medium.

4. The two elements are held in place by antique white sequins, handstitched on with bright yellow or green seed beads.

5. When the quilt was assembled, I did the actual quilting with bright red embroidery floss, ends left loose.   


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2 comments:

A COLLAGE A DAY said...

nice work!
love the leonard cohen quote.

Cyndi L said...

Thanks! Quotes often help me to get started :-)

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