Monday, February 2, 2015

Fabric Collage: Newest Pieces at Celebration of the Arts

Water Series: 2 by Jennifer Gould

Detail of Water Series: 2 (stitching on knit fabric above
and printed fabric below).

My newest pieces aren't three dimensional but flat fabric collage pieces.  I wanted to work with 2-D (even though the stitching makes the surface ripple wonderfully) and with non-rectangular shapes.  I love the idea of irregular sides and odd shapes.

The Water Series was the opportunity to put pieces of handprinted and dyed fabric together in abstract shapes.  "Water Series: 1" uses commercial fabric and discharged fabric with stitching.  "Water Series: 2" uses stitched deconstructed screen printed knit fabric, hand printed stretch woven synthetic, and discharged decorator gauze.
Water Series: 1 by Jennifer Gould

Detail of stitching and discharged fabric
on Water Series: 1
Both of these pieces were accepted into the Celebration of the Arts held Feb. 6-8, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This is a show I do annually because it's attended by a huge array of GR area residents and artists and I always get a piece in.  In fact, I tied with winning the Second Prize in 2011 for "Mother & Child III."  It's always a fascinating show!


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