Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Take Me To The Mardi Gras--Rian
Take Me To The Mardi Gras
Rian Ammerman, March 2010
Size: 32: x 22"
Cotton batiks. Jacquard Textile and Lumiere fabric paint. Machine quilted with metallic and rayon thread.
Artist's Statement: When I first saw the picture I was immediately drawn to the plain white doll in the lower right. All the other dolls had been painted with pretty eyes and rosy cheeks, but this figure was white.
I saw her as a blank canvas waiting to be given features and a personality. Thinking this doll could be anyone or anything she wanted to be, I listened to her, and she told me that she wanted to be fancy and have some fun. She said she had been waiting for this for a long time, and she wanted to go to a carnival like the ones in Venice and Rio, and dance in the street all night long. The title of the piece comes from a Paul Simon song.
The face was painted with Jacquard Lumiere paint, mixed with Jacquard Textile paint. I discovered that if you have the pearl color, you can mix any other Jacquard paints with it and get a pearlescent color. I also discovered that if you fuse the fabric to freezer paper, the paints flow smoothly and don't go through the fabric or bleed. The design was drawn on freezer paper and traced on the fabric with washable marker. The silver outlines were made with Scribbles Metallic Silver gel, which is also an excellent resist. Gemstones, which look like metal studs in the photo, are fused crystals. I had originally intended to quilt the entire piece before I added the mask because it has no quilting, but before I knew it the mask had been sewn down and I wasn't about to risk removing it. The mask has a double layer of white Kona cotton.
The donations chair of the Rally for the Cure asked me if I would consider donating "Mardi Gras" to be auctioned off at the tournament this year. Of course!! I was delighted she deemed it worthy (it could be a little strange hanging in your house, don't you think?) and I am happy that the piece is spoken for.