Monday, March 01, 2010

Winners of the Rust-Tex Collection

Pat Bishop, has been sewing since she was a child, either by hand or machine. Her impatience and busy life means she tends to use the sewing machine more often than not. Pat loves the feel, texture, depth of color, even the smell of fabrics and the ability to lose herself in the whirr of the sewing machine. Sometimes she feels like she is copping out by using cloth rather than paint. By using cloth she slows down the process, giving her time to make decisions about what to do next.

She #3

In Pat's abstract work, simplicity is used to achieve a goal. Abstract gives her freedom to manipulate components of the composition to express her own impression and representation. You can see this in the third quilt of Pat's, "She Series", where she is attempting to show the strength of a woman.
She #3 Detail
Machine pieced, rust dyed cottons, commercial fabrics, discharge dyed, free-motion machine quilted with cotton and rayon threads.

The happy accidents of working with dyeing fabrics give results that can be challenging and pleasingly unpredictable.
Do yourself a favor by watching the video on Pat's blog in full screen.

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