Rian Ammerman, February 2010
Size: 21" x 22"
Batiks and cotton blends. Machine quilted.
Artist's Statement: I wanted to do something completely different, something that did not look like the original, and something that was fun and whimsical. I saw this red-dragon batik and decided it could be wallpaper in a Chinese restaurant, and there the idea was born.
Lacking a for-real Chinese restaurant in this area, I had to resort to grabbing an image of the takeout container from the internet. Folding the fabric box with the skewed perspective was challenging.
I initially made noodles with a bias tape maker, but I didn't like the flat results as much as the cording, which was more pliable and more colorful. The below picture shows the piece photographed from an angle so you can see the relief.
The quilting is outline quilting and free-motion outlining of the "wallpaper" dragons.
I am not a hand sewer, but I enjoyed making the cookie and the pea pods, and I had fun making the piece overall.