Wednesday, 28 February 2018

text messages 16 - Lundstrøm by Uta

Thanks to Maj-Britt's suggestion I made acquaintance with another artist I had never heard about - but although I liked the pictures of his works I could find on the internet, again neither of them inspired me to use it as some kind of push-off for a quilt of mine. So for a while I was rather hesitant about what to do with this challenge, until I had an idea how to make a bit of graphic use of the special Danish letter
ø  included in his name.
 I repeated his name several times in a large script and also enlarged that special letter, overlaying the repetition of the name.



Then I chose a piece of fabric I had once treated to an attempt at shibori - realizing in that process that that is not my kind of technique, but that is an entirely other story - and started stitching.





That took a little while, but experience has taught me to be more generous with myself about the density of stitching needed before I consider the whole thing 'sufficiently' filled.  The letters of the name outside the graphic center were stitched only on the outline, within the graphic center I added a bit of a blue stitching line to mark the edge more precisely. 
Experience has also taught me that the most successful way to dissolve the stitching foil and the stabilizer beneath is to not only pour boiling water over it, but to boil the whole thing for a little while. Otherwise there will always be some residue left. 
Then I dry the piece on the heater - easy enought these days with the kind of temperatures we are having here right now! - and iron it flat.
Quilting around the edges of the graphic center. And this is it. I admit - not bound yet. But practically finished.


text messages 16

10 comments:

  1. This is right up my street, Uta. I am with you on being creative with text and love how you have played with his name and the ø . Very clever.

    Hilary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks. I was a bit worried that it was going 'too far' from the inspirations...

      Delete
  2. Wow what a novel approach. I, like Hilary, enjoy the play with text although I have never done it myself. Great piece.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks - see my reply to Hilary above ;-))

      Delete
  3. Love it Uta!!! there is never anything that can be too far, as far as I am concerned. inspiration can go a long way. bravo! Love your explanations of the process too.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I really like this Uta. And it's never too far! Your letters are great - I like the composition and the way you've used the Ø!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Couldn't agree more with the previous comments. This is real creativity - taking something you are not very inspired by and making it your own! Great stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have not done many quilts with text but from your example I can see how intriguing it can be . Very clever to impose his full name over one letter in a repetitive manner creating different negative spaces.Thanks for the tip about dissolving the stitching foil and stabiliser.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I agree with the other comments.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I found your take on the artists name really clever and not having done text on anything this certainly has given me a lot to think about, especially if one wants to create something different and interesting as you have done. Thank you Uta for your inspiration.

    ReplyDelete