Carol R. Eaton Designs

Carol R. Eaton Designs

Friday, April 18, 2014

Art Cloth vs. Art Quilt

I've been experimenting with my style as a fabric artist and seem to be gravitating towards producing Art Cloth vs an Art Quilt. As an artist our craft needs to appeal emotionally and be so exciting you can't wait to keep going! I feel that way when I'm creating fabric. I like the way the cloth hangs and flows with a slight breeze and it's less taxing for me to complete a piece. 

Don't get me wrong - I also love designing Art Quilts and when the textures come alive with the quilting it is without question a fabulous treat... but... I have to go where my passion takes me and at the moment it's with Art Cloth.

The below piece is titled, "Pond Ice" and is 41" X 16.5". I began with 100% cotton and painted the fabric surface and then ice dyed. To achieve the crackled surface I used the flour resist technique. I made the leaf stencils by tracing leaves from the yard and I lightly sponge painted the leaves. To create depth I added a few layers of tulle to the completed piece. 
Pond Ice - detail

Pond Ice
41" X 16.5"

6 comments:

  1. I totally understand your point of view Carol! While I enjoy playing with stencils, hand carved stamps and Thermofax screens, I do believe I enjoy creating the designs more than using them.

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    1. It must be part of the evolutionary process!

      BTW - I love the fabrics you've created that are for sale on Spoonflower! Keep them coming :)

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  2. Lovely! I too seem to be in love with making the fabrics! I was wondering if you've found a good way to display your art cloths?

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    1. I am going for the least intrusive way to hang. I want the sleeves to be invisible. Jane Dunnewold provided some great guidelines on the Surface Design Association website at: http://www.surfacedesign.org/sites/default/files/teachlearn/art_cloth_display_guidelines_-_sda_logo.pdf. Check it out!

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