Iron - the most common element on earth, used by man since ancient times to create tools, machinery and towering structures. It is all too easily reclaimed by the action of the elements, rusting readily in our damp air.
I have exploited this property using found objects - mostly from the beach at Lyme Regis - to produce fabric for this piece, combined with small amounts of hand dyed and discharged fabric. Simple shapes and a grid hint at our attempts to use the metal, contrasting with the random patterns of the rust as it takes over; hand and machine stitch add texture.
Selected for Contemporary Quilt's Elements exhibition 2015.
Materials: Hand dyed and printed cotton.
Method: Fabric rust-dyed, hand-dyed with procion dyes and printed with discharge paste; painted with fabric paints after quilting. Simple piecing. Hand and machine quilting.
Size: 80cm x 45cm
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