Maples Done

The work in progress I shared here is now complete. It measures 12″ x 12″. Click on image for a larger view.

I quilted the bottom section using the marks left by the twine used to wrap the fabric bundles during the printing process. They made for a simple, effective design. Then I fussed and dithered about how to quilt the silk screened piece on the right side. Ultimately I decided that simplicity was in order. I had enough quilting design in the other two sections and the silk screened design was quite enough for the right side. So, simple lines is what I did. A detail:

I couldn’t resist adding the beads. And, interestingly enough, this work is created entirely with silk fabrics. The botanical print fabrics are silk noil, the screen printed fabric is a very light-weight silk and the binding is a raw silk. Each has its own signature look and texture. I am very pleased with the way they play off one another while creating harmony.

On to the next! I have a lovely sumac print that is waiting for me. What do you have waiting for you that has your creative juices running?

14 replies
  1. Kristin Freeman
    Kristin Freeman says:

    A successful and most beautiful piece of art. The use of a variety of silk fabrics adds to the overall cohesion and yet textural variety. I love this piece.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thank you Krisitn. I felt the same way about the silk. The binding fabric was not my original plan but it was the best choice.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thank you Helen. I usually start a project with an overall idea but while the process unfolds the piece takes on a mind of its own. I’m sure you experience this with your work as well. I do my best to pay attention so that I can respond and know why I’ve taken the course I did.

    • Franki Kohler
      Franki Kohler says:

      Thank you Suzanne. It has been a real treat to put old and new surface design work together and have them work so well.

  2. Christy
    Christy says:

    Well you have managed to stay true to yourself, Franki. This is another lovely piece with all the harmony of design and technique that could be done. It is a true masterpiece and tribute to your skill and talent.

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