The invention of a new art technique
For years I sculpted fabric into flowers for my eco-friendly wedding gown collections.
Then, in 2016, I made clay flowers with holes in which I envisioned attaching a stem. Those flowers with holes became one element of future inspiration for my ceramics sewn onto canvas.
When we moved into our new house in Serenbe, I was lying in bed and envisioning a quilt hanging on a large blank wall. Then I envisioned ceramic triangles layered over the fabric quilted triangles, adding dimension and texture. The next day I began to experiment with quilting fabric triangles in preparation for their layered ceramic triangles. In my ceramic studio I made many triangles of clay and eventually glazed them in beautiful colors. The patterns on the tiles were reminiscent of those found in fabric. I put holes in each of the corners of the triangles and sewed them onto the quilted fabric.
I use many embroidery and sewing threads. My favorites are Japanese sashiko thread and silk kimono thread. I lived in Japan after college and have great respect and admiration for their craft and art.