Friday, October 29, 2010
Splish Splash - Rian Ammerman
Splish Splash 12” x 18”
Artist’s Statement: I had a lot of trouble finding inspiration in this month’s photo and I just decided one day to dive in and have fun with it (or miss the deadline). I tried to be abstract by just laying down an oval and a square and an octagon and changing up the perspective, but when I laid down the fabrics, ie. added color, it took on a realistic look which I didn’t want. So I made the water rather cartoonish.
Every month I have tried a new technique, some were successful, some not. At first I tried painting the water but I had so much trouble with the paints and the fabric (I think I wasn’t using cotton--how did polyester get in my stash). So I went and bought some paint pens by Prismacolor. Wonderful pens, but I had trouble with them bleeding, and again I think it was the fabric. But by now I had had it with painting, and just went with a technique I knew. Some of the appliqué has turned edges, some is fused. The background is pieced. I quilted most of it on the top and batting before I attached the backing.
I put on the backing by sewing completely around the piece, right sides together, and cutting a slit in the back to turn it. This probably wouldn’t be acceptable at a show, but it was a good method because I could take up the slack so none of the backing would show in front. I fused a strip of fabric over the slit. I’ve always wanted to try this so I could make irregular shaped quilts.