Snapped Along the River

Fall in the Adirondacks is one of Mother Nature’s masterpieces, an inspiration to artists of every type.  Anyone who is fortunate enough to live amidst the splendor wants to capture the beauty in some way. As one of the lucky residents, I have, for years,  taken photos of the spectacle.

Once I discovered that I could print my photos on fabric with very little difficulty, my photo-taking sprees had a purpose. I would create my own “masterpiece” honoring the place I call home.

I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a tech savvy person.  By following the simple directions on a bottle of Jenkins’ Bubble Jet Set, I was able to produce my own fabric from my photos.   I then took those 8 1/2″ x 11″ fabric photos, fussy cut and collaged them into a Fall landscape based on my memory of the upper Hudson River as it flows through the Adirondacks in mid-October.

Photo collage quilt with birch bark frame

Photo collage quilt with birch bark frame

Photo collage quilt

Photo collage quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The gorgeous sky, brilliant foliage, granite boulders and the flora in the foreground were actually photographed around my home on Trout Lake in Bolton NY.

The river was made using a weaving technique with a combination of fabrics, one shiny, and an overlay of painted melted plastic which worked well to create the rapids.

The finished quilt cried out for an Adirondack Twig Frame.  Using thinly peeled birch bark that I had fused onto fabric, I fashioned the frame, adding fabric tubes as “twigs” which I attached with grey French knots to mimic the nail heads typically used on these frames.

Those of us who live on an Adirondack lake enjoy summers, but the glorious beauty of Fall is certainly something to look forward to.  My quilt “Snapped Along the River” hangs in my living room as a reminder of good things to come.

Memories of Summers at the Lake

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Having been housebound during the recent heat wave, I decided to venture outside to do some much-needed gardening.  I lasted a total of 2 minutes, having been driven back inside by an over abundance of mosquitoes….seemingly millions of them all waiting to attack.  Always looking for inspiration for a new post, this art quilt came to mind.

 

Buggy Photo Album

Buggy Photo Album

The piece was made for a Bug Challenge a couple of years ago.  Choosing some of my favorite summer family photos, I printed them on 8 1/2″ x 11″ white/bug  fabric that I had treated with Jenkins Bubble Jet Set.  Yes, the bugs were already printed on the fabric.  I was quite pleased with the results. The bugs actually appear to be in the foreground.

 

I decided to turn the photos into an old-fashioned photo album.  The white borders and the addition of the hand-made corner mounting pieces gave me the look I had imagined.  It consists of 4 pages of photos with the double-sided center page able to be turned like a book page.

Obviously, this piece is a family favorite as each member has experienced a summer of pesky mosquitoes, some years worse than others. One plus….. being “bugged” is a wonderful excuse to stay indoors and sew!

Allison and Matt

Allison and Matt 1994

Georgia Meets Star Trek

Occasionally, when working on a new piece, my best laid plans go awry and I meander off in an entirely different direction.

Several years ago, while on a photography kick, I wandered around taking “artsy” photos of anything and everything. Some were worth saving and were stored and forgotten. I recently became involved in a fiber arts challenge based on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. While brainstorming, some of those old photos came to mind and I chose one I thought might make an interesting composition. My goal….a Nancy D. interpretation of a Georgia O’K. abstract flower.

Georgia My Way The photo I chose to print on fabric was taken by placing the lens of my camera into the top opening of a piece of pottery purchased at a yard sale, obviously made by someone who flunked Pottery 101. To say it is a unique “vase” is an understatement, but the photos of its interior were strangely beautiful. Glorious colors flowed like molten lava deep inside the piece, a wonderful surprise.

Georgia My Way

 

 

 

With 8 1/2″x 11″ fabric sheets prepared for the printer, I decided that I would print 4 copies of the photo, 2 facing left, 2 facing right. Sewn together in mirror-image fashion, an abstract yellow iris-like image was formed. Yes, that would do nicely for my challenge piece entitled Georgia…My Way.

Things were moving along nicely until the time came to choose the border fabrics. Many were auditioned before the final choices were made. I am extremely pleased with the results except for one thing. The piece is now more Star Trek than Georgia O’Keeffe. Luckily, I have a large, funky Georgia-like sunflower hanging in my studio which will do nicely for the challenge entry. Now, all I need is to find a Star Trek challenge. Anyone?

Georgia Meets Star Trek

Georgia Meets Star Trek