Of the live fears and death illusions

by Orkaloca ottobre 10 art * Art Quilt * show

In this post I want to tell you about the birth of the quilt I've made for the Bergamo show "quilters in wonderland" hosted by DireFareQuiltare and held during the Creattiva fair (october 2011)

First of all the theme... in the call for entries was stated: "The journey of Alice in Wonderland is a fantastic journey that brings us back to our childhood. A journey into a wonderland where there are so many fantastic characters, but also a psychological journey on the growth phase of each of us. in Wonderland we meet our fears, our hardships, the difficulties that each of us has had to overcome to "grow". Follow the white rabbit in its burrow, take a look on this world to discover ourselves. "

As you can see there were lot of ways to interpret the theme: literally or introspectively
And since I swim in the introspective like a fish in its pond I immediately set aside the figure of the beautiful blonde girl to look at my path of growth, my fantasy world, my fears.
(and then think... the Wonderland is not so wonderful, Alice is for most of the time alone, lost, scared, sad, and doesn't understand what happens. At the end there is also a mad woman that wants to decapitate her. Oh what a joy!)

So this is how this quilt was born. Its title is "Of the live fears and death illusions"

To design this quilt I started by the naked pregnant woman. Before I drew the outline, building at first a sketch of the skeleton and then "mounting" on it the muscles. To know anatomy helps a lot in the construction of the human figure.

I then built the Notan, that is a study in black and white of lights and shadows. This helps to distribute the colors, as in the second test done in pencil.
After performing the test with pencil on paper I copyed the figure on lilac hand-dyed cotton and I reproduced the shades of colour with lilac paintstick and a sponge. The details were outlined with the Inktense purple pencil.
Here are the three phases: Notan - pencil - fabric. Click on images to enlarge.

   

Done the woman I went on drawing the background. I made the design on the freezer paper and then ironed it on the front of the background fabric.

Then came the "difficult" part: color the whole thing using the drawing as a large mask from which cut off pieces to color (still paintstick and sponge) the fabric. The pieces are then masked again to protect them against the next color.
There are mainly two difficulties, one technical and one conceptual:
- Cut the freezer paper without cutting the fabric below
- Since each section is uncovered, coloured and then covered again, you cannot see the finished work till the very end. This means that you must already have in mind a definite idea of ​​colors to be applied: which and where. In short, you must have in mind a clear vision of the finished work and of what has been already done to avoid missing pieces.

Here is a picture of the work during construction. I only unmasked the three flowers I was coloring, notice how all the other pieces already colored are covered under the freezer paper. This is to avoid stains and smudges. It's a job that requires great precision.

After the entire background had been coloured came the good part, you can peel off the whole freezer paper and finally, for the first time, the full background is visible. Therea re still white areas where I was going to paint killer whales (with the same techniques but in a smaller scale) and where I was going to applique the woman.

Here are two details on the finished work. You can see the colour shades and the quilting that outlines shapes and fill the background.

 

I love this quilt, another one that reflects my soul. I'm happy it has been appreciated, also if it didn't earned an award. :)

(oh and no, I'm not pregnant ^_*)


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In UK

by Orkaloca ottobre 6 vita di tutti i giorni

In UK there are ladybugs...

...wonderful flowers...

...squirrels all around...

...strange colorful gorilla...

...towers in nowhere...

...magnificient cathedrals...

...sunsets that you don't expect...

...and two mads freely travelling for two weeks ^_^

Yes, you can bet... we really had lot of fun ^_^


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Tornata a casa

by Orkaloca ottobre 6 vita di tutti i giorni

Ehhh si anche per me le vacanze sono finite. Per due settimane abbiamo girato l'inghilterra in auto, saltando di paese in paese, partendo da Londra per arrivare fino a York prima di tornare verso Reading dove, negli ultimi 3 giorni, ho seguito il weekend introduttivo del corso Quilting Judge (giudice di quilt ma in inglese fa più figo :p ).

Approfondirò meglio tutto questo in altri post, per ora ho un avviso da dare.
Prima di partire il mio adorato consulente informatico, nonchè marito, aveva aggiornato la piattaforma su cui gira il sito. Pareva tutto ok, salvo accorgermi ora che in realtà non andava più la mail e che i filtri dei commenti han filtrato anche cio che non dovevano.

Ora la mail è sistemata e i commenti finiti per sbaglio nello spam sono stati recuperati. Dovrebbe andare tutto bene ora, ma se doveste aver problemi coi commenti fatemi un fischio.

Che dire... benritrovati ^_^ Torno al lavoro!


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Vacanze

by Orkaloca settembre 16

Finalmente è arrivata l'ora anche per me, ci vediamo a ottobre :)

Cercherò di postare foto e aggiornamenti su faccialibro, quindi se volete seguirmi nel mio viaggio inglese mi trovate qua:

https://www.facebook.com/OrkaLoca (fanpage da likare)

O qua: https://www.facebook.com/OrkaLocaStyle (per chiedere amicizia a me medesima)

Baciiii


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Pantaloni neri

by Orkaloca settembre 15 creazioni * wearable

No, non sto nullafacendo, anzi, sono al lavoro matto e disperatissimo per finire tutto cio che devo prima di partire per la tanto sospirata inghilterra, luogo dove mi attende una bella vacanza di 12 giorni seguita da 3 giorni intensi di corso... si perchè vado anche e sopratutto per il corso d'abilitazione a giudice di quilt organizzato dalla Quilters' Guild of British Islands. :)

Facendo la valigia mi son resa conto di quanti pochi pantaloni io abbia... cioè ne ho un bel po' ma che mi vadano ancora bene solo 3. Così ho tirato fuori quella pezza di jeans che avevo preso apposta mesi fa e mi son messa al lavoro per farmi... questi:

Si ok stavo giocando a far la fotomodella :p Eccoveli in visione migliore da davanti e dietro...

Ed ecco due dettagli, il mio logo ricamato a zigzag sulle tasche posteriori e una foto dello sprone dietro, che stavolta mi è venuto proprio bene, con tutte le cuciture dei vari pezzi e delle pences che combaciano :)

Bene ora sono pronta per partire :)


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Paintstick surprise

by Orkaloca settembre 2 review

Paintsticks are oil pastels suitable for paintingn on a variety of matherials... wood, paper and also fabric. I've bought them the first time a couple of years ago and I've found they are great to paint nice shades.

Paintstick comes in several solid colors, iridescent colors and then there is a colorless one, called "blender" that is useful to shade solid colors.
I've never tried iridescent paintsticks but I love the solid colors. On the contrary the blender has made me a bad joke.

Last year I've made a quilt with a naked man all painted with violet paintstick, shaded here and there with the blender.
I've applied the color to the fabric using Q-tips as brushes. The blender has been applied in two ways: mixed with the color before painting the fabric or alone, brushed with a Q-tips on the already painted fabric to blend the color.

At first the blender was really colorless but after only one month I noticed that the areas where the blender was applied were turning yellow.

Then I've sent the quilt to the show and for one year I've not seen it. Yesterday I've had it back, I've opened it and... surprise! All the blended zones are turning brown O.o

Here is a photo to show you the quilt one year ago and today. You can notice the spots, darker than one year ago.  :(
(click on photo to enlarge)

I've googled to search if someone else have had the same problem and I've found this: LINK
It's the site of a seller, and she has had the same problem. She has posted images of 4 years old blender samples, awfully turned brown.

It's horrible to have such surprises, but at least you learn something. For example that the right place for my blender is the trash bin.

Now I'm surfing internet to find if someone with this problem have found a solution to remove the brown patina. Any idea?


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Quilt felino

by orkaloca agosto 29 creazioni

Ho una gatta che ama le stoffe e dormire sui quilt.
Ho tanti ritagli di stoffa troppo piccoli per qualsiasi cosa ma troppo grandi per buttarli senza pensiero.

E allora ieri mi son messa alla macchina e ho preso due piccioni con una fava ^_^ ho fatto un quiltino per la miciona.
Non volevo però perdere troppo tempo, facendo prima il top per poi trapuntarlo, così ho usato una tecnica che permette di cucire e trapuntate tutto in uno. Funziona un po' come il paper piecing solo che al posto della carta ci sono imbottitura e retro.
Magari farò un tutorial ^_^ Comunque ecco il risultato:

E lei ha molto apprezzato :)


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Math for sashing

by orkaloca agosto 26 tutorial

Imagine you're doing a quilt made of blocks with sashing and squares, like the image below:

At a certain point you will need to cut pieces for sashing (green) and squares (yellow). But HOW MANY?

If you've few blocks you can trace a scheme on paper and count the pieces.
If you're following a pattern the instructions should give you the number of required pieces.
But what if you're doing an original pattern with lot of blocks?

I've found a simple but useful equation.

n = number of orizontal blocks
m = number of vertical blocks

Sashing pieces = (2 x n x m) + n + m
Squares pieces = (n x m) + n + m + 1

Applying these equations to the example up here we will have:
n = 4    e    m = 5
So:
Sashing = (2 x 4 x 5) + 4 + 5 = 49
Squares = (4 x 5) + 4 + 5 + 1 = 30

Et voilà in few seconds you know how many sashing and square pieces you need to cut ^_^

ADDENDUM

If you don't want the sashing outside the blocks but only between blocks, equations changes in:
Sashing = (2 x n x m) - n - m
 
Squares = (n x m) - n - m + 1


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Un'altro top tradizionale

by orkaloca agosto 20 lavori in corso * traditional

E stavolta è tradizionale che di più non si può :)

Infatti ho deciso di fare un quilt di quelli che sono definibili "imparaticci", con 12 blocchi di complessità crescente, il sashing e tre bordi.

Su questo quilt baserò un corso di patchwork a macchina e dato che mi piace dare più competenze possibile ho disegnato i blocchi in modo che io possa insegnare non solo a tagliare e cucire dritto ma anche a gestire tagli e ritagli, calcoli molto basilari per facilitarsi la vita, incroci di cuciture, stiro dei margini di cucitura, fino alle cuciture a "Y". ^_^

Ecco dunque il top:

Mi spiace solo che il trapunto dovrà aspettare perchè due giorni fa mi son rotta un dito e lavorare mi è difficile e doloroso. :(


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Heart quilt: top

by orkaloca agosto 12 lavori in corso * traditional

And here is the heart quilt top finished. Now I have to quilt it :)
I think it's really nice, I love it ^_^


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