To go right back to the beginning, a while ago Contemporary Quilt, one of the specialist groups of the Quilters' Guild, had an exhibition where the theme was Dislocation. They specified dimensions of 50x120cm, but I also wanted to try out a square format. Although this is the second quilt in the series, and not the one I made for the CQ exhibition, they have a shared story.
I created the main fabrics for the pieces using monoprinting techniques for the large fractured rings, freehand drawing with a needle-nosed bottle for the smaller rings and zig-zags and Thermofax screens of some of my sketchbook pages of texture and rings for the positive and negative prints on the supporting fabric. I added in a breakdown printed fabric and a 'plain' dyed blue for a pop of colour in the thin shards which fracture the surface at intervals.
I constructed the quilt with simple strip piecing, free-cut so that the strips tapered to nothing. The machine quilting developed from a phenomenon called shadow bands - thin shafts of scattered light from the edge of the eclipse, and I used a variegated black and white thread - normally too high contrast for me, but perfect for this quilt. The centres of the large circles are hand quilted with black crosses or FMQ'd with a spiky vermicelli, and some hand stitched orange circles in the text areas echo the circle on the sketchbook page which remarkably come out on the Thermofax screen (usually only black and white is reproducible).
The water so warm that day
I was counting out the waves
and I followed their short life
as they broke on the shoreline
I could see you, but I couldn't hear you
You were holding your hat in the breeze
turning away from me
In this moment you were stolen
There's black across the sun
Anesthetize part 3 © Steven Wilson 2006