Broken Color

I spent all day Wednesday hanging out with three friends — Denise Oyama Miller, Aileyn Ecob and Jean Jurgenson — learning a design technique new to three of us. Last year Aileyn and Jean said they wanted to learn about the technique Denise uses in some of her art quilts. She calls it broken color — you’ll see why. Denise is an extraordinary artist in many mediums — water-color, collage, mixed media, acrylics and textiles — with each informing the other. We were in for a treat.

I purposely chose a small format and a very familiar subject. My finished piece will measure 12″ x 12″. Here is my pattern.

This pattern was traced onto WonderUnder, each piece was cut out on the marking line and fused to the wrong side of my fabric selection.  Then each pattern piece was carefully trimmed by about 1/16″, placed on the “fracture color” — that wonderful lime green is a silk fabric Denise gave me! — and fused in place.

I can’t wait to finish this little piece.

And here we are at the end of the day. . .

What a fun day it was! Thank you Denise for sharing with us.

10 replies
  1. Geri Patterson-Kutras
    Geri Patterson-Kutras says:

    Hi Franki and everyone!
    Looks like you all had a great day beautiful picture to remember it by! What did you use around each element? The gold material, is it thread?
    Cheers to all of you

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      The ‘fracture’ fabric is a stunning green silk fabric that Denise shared with me. You can see a larger portion of it as a border right now. That ‘border’ will be trimmed away when it’s completed though.

  2. Christy
    Christy says:

    I love this idea! It is an update on one of the fun art projects we did in elementary school. Remember? Drawing a huge squiggle, then coloring in the sections. This is so fun to see.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      No silk ribbon. I haven’t done any finishing work on it yet. Those are hand-dyed fabrics so that’s why they look like paint. Stay tuned.

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