Una delle cose che si imparano studiando la teoria del colore è "più importante del colore è il suo valore" (ok valore da value in inglese, in italiano si dice tonalità ma non faceva rima XD )
Che tradotto in termini semplici vuol dire non importa tanto se usi rosso blu o giallo, importa che sia chiaro, medio o scuro nel modo giusto.
Questo concetto messo in pratica permette di ottenere ritratti realistici, nel senso che "sembra proprio lei...", usando colori completamente falsati.
Volendo fare una borsa con Nala, e volendola fare colorata, mi son basata su questa teoria.
E il risultato non è male direi
Per darvi un'idea del lavoro che c'è dietro ecco i passaggi base:
1) Trovare l'immagine giusta, ritagliarla, elaborarla al pc per render più facile ricvarne il cartamodello, stamparla (1h)
2) Fare il cartamodello. C'è chi lo fa al pc, io pur essendo brava al pc, ed anche se ho una tavoletta grafica e non ho paura di usarla, preferisco ancora fare alla vecchia maniera... carta, penna e piano luminoso. Quindi presa la foto e un foglio di carta definisco la sagoma principale e tutte le linee importanti. Quelle cioè dei cambi di colore e di luce. Ogni area di colore così definita verrà occupata da un diverso pezzetto, o più pezzetti, di stoffa. (non è un lavoro veloce, 2h ci van tutte tra prima definizione e ripulitura)
3) Selezione delle stoffe per colore ma soprattutto per tonalità. A questo segue un certosino lavoro di taglio delle stoffe e composizione dell'immagine. Taglia, componi, ripensa, sostituisci. Questo è un lavoro lungo, per questa immagine, delle dimensioni di 16x20cm, ci ho messo 8h senza gingillarmi.
A questo punto ho la mia applicazione, che è solo l'embrione di quello che sarà alla fine. MAncano tutti i dettagli ma l'immagine c'è e già di può dire 2è proprio lei"
4) Volendo fare una borsa a questo punto si accantona l'applicazione per scegliere le stoffe, nel mio caso jeans fuori e cotonina dentro, e tagliare tutti i pezzi necessari. (1h tra scegli stira e taglia)
5) Arriva quindi la seconda parte lunga, la cucitura sul taglio di stoffa che sarà il fronte della borsa. Vi fisso l'applicazione (in questo caso con poca colla, ma avrei potuto usare la rete termoadesiva) e inizio un lavoro di cucitura a mano libera che ha lo scopo sia di fissare definitivamente tutte le stoffe, sia di aggiungere dettaglio, definendo il pelo, il naso, gli occhi. I colori dei fili usati ovviamente non sono casuali e fortunatamente ho ampia scelta (santa valigetta Aurifil). Il tutto porta via altre 5/8h, a seconda del livello di dettaglio e considerando che io fisso tutti i fili sul retro, anche se non si vedranno poi. Cosa che porta via un certo tempo.
6) Alla fine posso finalmente assemblare tutta la borsa, prima l'esterno, creando il fondo squadrato, poi la fodera, e fondo squadrato anche per lei, poi i manici e infine unendo tutto e chiudendo. I dettagli sono molti, quelle cose che la gente di norma non nota ma ci sono e contribuiscono a rentede la borsa solida e ben fatta (uno per tutti, le cuciture a X per rinforzare l'attacco dei manici) e questi portano via tempo. Quest'ultimo passo richiede anche 2 ore.
E così alla fine ho una meravigliosa borsa personalizzata, con il mio cane, che se la vedi "è proprio lei".
Per il lavoro completo ci sono volute almeno 20h. Tre giorni di buon lavoro.
Però ne vale davvero la pena.
(Se anche voi volete una borsa o quadro tessile personalizzati, mandatemi una mail a email@example.com)
News della settimana: ad uno show dell'AQS (American Quilt Society) un quilt esposto, facente parte della collezione "Portrait and people" dell'SAQA, è stato censurato e rimosso dagli organizzatori.
Il motivo? Un visitatore si è lamentato, ha detto di essersi sentita offesa dalla visione di un pene che, evidentemente, la minacciava dal quilt.
La cosa buffa? In quel quilt non c'è alcun pene!
Vi rimando a due post interessanti:
QUESTO di Kathy Nida, l'artefice del quilt, che parla del suo lavoro
QUESTO di Tanya Brown, che parla del quilt e più in generale della censura nel mondo dei quilt.
Fabric dyeing is addictive. The problem is that it is a game that requires time but especially space, so I don't do it often.
But last week I realized I'm running out of dyed fabric so, voila, I grabbed my Procion dyes and started a Tray-Dye batch.
This techniques is really nice because allows to use little water, without having buckets full of color around, but only the tray in which the fabric lies.
For the curious on Thursday March 3rd I'll make a demo during the craft fair Bergamo Creattiva, Where there will be also a quilt I've made for the collective show "Quiltomanti"
Ohhh I love this one, who knows how it will be once opened *_*
Ohhh here I feel the dyeing demon... heeeelp XD
Here I am, back from Birmingham, where from August 7th to 10th I took part in the Festival of Quilts.
I was there as Italian International Representative (IR), to take part in the annual meeting of the European IRs and because ... well because there was one of my quilts in the contest ^ _ ^
This year the contest was packed, more than 1,000 quilts, divided into various categories.
And here is my "baby" with a really original title (yes of course :p) : OrkaLoca
I always play on the pun about orcas and the spanish word "loca" which means crazy.
While last yearall the badges with the awards were already been exposed at the opening of the exhibition, this year they made me sweat.
In fact there were no tags on quilts, only the winners had been moved and covered with black clothes. All this because at noon they have done a nice awards ceremony, followed by the unveiling ceremony of the winners.
Only later, at about 3pm, they put the tags on the quilts.
And I was hoping, finger crossed, to see a tag on my quilt. I put so much effort and good vibes in this piece that I hoped so much.
And at the end, after all the waiting, it was finally there, appeared out of nowhere, my blue tag with the words "Highly Commended". This is a recognition given to that quilt that has not been on the podium just by a whisker.
To say that I'm happy is an understatement :)
The Festival of Quilts in Birmingham is the biggest show of Europe in the field. Surely one of those that has the largest number of quilts in exhibition and competition.
This year we had 700 quilts, in various categories, from all over the world.
After having heard so much about this show, I went there for my first time, also because there was my final practice session of the Quilt Judge Course.
Besides visit the show, I had also sent two quilts for the contest. One, "the great judge" for the "pictorial" section, the other "hunting song" for the "miniature" section.
And oh my, still I don't believe it, they both have had a prize!
"Hunting Song" has had 3rd prize and the "great judge" has been Highly Commended
The highly commended is a qualification that is given to those quilts who have not entered in the top 3 for a whiff, like 4th, 5th and 6th in practice. Can be assigned to a maximum of 3 quilt but is not required to be give. Son I'm very happy because it means that it is well deserved :)
So here there are a couple of pictures (click to enlarge) ... the Great Judge with his plate:
And a really happy me with the small, great, "hunting song"
And if you don't recognise the small quilt with orcas, don0t worry, there will be a backstage post for you ^_*
Since when I started to make patchwork, quilts and shows, my great ambition has been to have a quilt accepted in Houston show, in the contest or in one of the special exhibits.
I made it :)))
There's an annual special exhibit named "in full bloom". Since it's in memory of a flower lover, the quilts has to be with flowers.
I tried last year to submit a quilt but it wasn't accepted.
But this year I have been selected and my quilt "Floral Symphony" will be one of the 32 chosen to be part of the exhibit.
Inauguration will be in october, then the exhibit will travel for une year.
And now here it is, a photo and a detail of my quilt :)
I made it last year for the Birmingham quilt show, and now it will go overseas... I have to makeit a millemiglia card :p
I decided to give triptych a try
I went in a craft shop to buy some frames for my quilts, and I found these small, 5inches side, frames. I immediately thought that one was insignificant, but what about a group? So I took three black and three red frames and I decided to make two triptychs.
I have developed a design that would give the idea of flowing between the three frames, but that would be complete and balanced in every single frame.
Then I made the two triptychs, the same design different color choice.
The quilts are composed of hundreds of strips of fabric on a fusible web base, then I added batting and backing and I quilted and mounted them in frames.
Here is the first triptych: Blue Wave
And the second one: Red Wave
Like almost all my quilts these triptychs are avalaible for sell... xmas is coming ^_*
Contact me if interested ^_^
Last friday was the release day for the monthly Fast Friday Fabric Challenge and the theme was to explore the design principle of Repetition and play with creative descriptors of group of objects (like a pod of whales, a deck of cards etc)
First I thought to make a quilt about killer whales (predictable but I LOVE them) but after I read the challenge I found by chance, in my grandma home, this old chalk drawing made by my mom when she was a girl:
It has a meaning to me, and since the design seemed to fit with the challenge I've decided to convert it in a quilt.
I've copied the design on fusible web, cutted the pieces and fused on them fabrics, big pieces for the cats, confetti pieces for the yellow/blue part of the bullseye.
I've named it "catseye" because you can't name a group of cats ... every single cat is sure to be the center of the world :)
I've used commercial cotton, the threads are poly and rayon..
It's 15x9 inches and it isn't bounded because I think I'll frame it :)
The only doubt I have is about the blue/yellow part of the catseye... I wonder if it could benefit by a dark satin-stitch to enhance the blue/yellow edge. But I'm afraid that this could visually darken the right half of the work lowering the value contrast with the purple cat.
On the FastFriday blog I've had several good feedbacks and they think I should leave it as it is, what would you suggest?
Fast Friday Challenge 71: scegliere uno stile artistico e fare un quilt a tema fiori.
Appena letto il challenge ho pensato ai miei stili favoriti... il surrealismo, il cubismo, il futurismo...
E proprio a questo ultimo stile mi sono rivolta per realizzare questo piccolo quilt:
E' un pezzo unico di stoffa dipinto con i paintstik e la tecnica delle mascherature.
Le linee segmentate, le forme ripetute e colorate in gradiente evocano quel senso di velocità e frammentazione tipici del futurismo.
A completare il quilt la parola "flower" scritta lasciando alle lettere piena libertà di posizione.
Il trapunto a macchina a mano libera evidenzia le forme colorate e predomina nello sfondo facendo risaltare le lettere.
Una delle gioie, quando si crea, è avere un qualche riscontro che faccia capire che si è riusciti nell'intento.
Ebbene ieri sera mostro a mio marito il quilt dicendogli "E' per il challenge, dovevo fare dei fiori in uno stile pittorico a scelta" E lui subito mi ha detto "Il futurismo!"
Son soddisfazioni! :)
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 ^_*)