IQF portrait quilts, part 2

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Flooded by Tanya Brown
I have more people quilts to share with you from the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Hope you’ll enjoy then as much as I did.

Tanya Brown won a second place in the Art-Painted Surface category with “Flooded.” She used watercolor and ink on cotton that was pretreated with soy milk. That’s a technique that I’ve been reading about recently that I really want to try. I even have my bag of soybeans sitting on my work table. The soy milk is supposed to make fugitive mediums permanent. Think of the possibilities of that!

Memories of Gombe by Mary Pal
Mary Pal uses a technique that I would never even imagine! She uses layers of cheese cloth to build up tonal values. Mary won an Honorable Mention ribbon in the Art-People, Portraits, and Figures category.

Solace (detail) by Mary Pal
This is a close up of the second piece Mary Pal had in the show. It is called “Solace” and you can see the entire image on her website.

More tomorrow!

(As mentioned previously, according to IQA’s quilt photography rules, “If you post your photos to your personal web site, you must include appropriate credit for each quilt artist, and note that the photos were taken at International Quilt Festival.”)

4 Responses

  1. Lynn Luckoski

    I’m trying to imagine what “fugitive mediums” must mean….

    • Maria

      For textile artists, a fugitive medium is something that isn’t intended for fabric, so it is not necessarily permanent and washable. For instance, I can use regular colored pencils on fabric, but they will mostly wash away unless I can “fix” them in some way. Some people paint over them with clear gel medium, which “seals” them in and makes them somewhat more washable.

  2. Tanya Brown

    Much nicer than my explanation: “fugitive = desperately trying to escape me and my work.”

    Thanks for posting the shot of Flooded, Maria. I’ve been enjoying your series on portraits.

  3. Ed Chamness

    I don’t think it was this artist, but Pokey Bolten had a woman on who used cheesecloth…looked with a really interesting technique and this is really a beautiful piece…