I made this postcard for the Quiltart Travel Challenge. It is along the same lines as my Rainy Streets postcards but it features a prominent landmark in my town.
It is called Industrial Legacy and the statement I wrote to go with it reads:
The most famous landmark in Newport, where I live, is its Transporter
Bridge, a legacy from its industrial past. There are only two other such
bridges in the UK and seven in the world, not all operational. It has a
suspended platform on
which cars, cyclists and pedestrians go, which is then pulled across the
River Usk on cables.
I have been playing with layering sheers on top of painted calico to depict
the rainswept streets of South Wales, so I decided to use that as a
background for my travel postcard. Because our prevailing winds are
westerly, we get a lot of rain!
I do a lot of doodling with pen and paper, especially when my mind is elsewhere and I happen to have a pen in my hand. The other day I decided to do a bit of free machine doodling. As an experiment, I thought I’d try it for fabric postcards. I fused a piece of failed rusted fabric to some pelmet vilene (Timtex) to give it a firm base. I used black thread to make it look like pen strokes. I then painted it with Jacquard Dyn-a-flow paints. I forgot to take a photo of it before cutting it up but this is what it looks like having reconstructed the piece.
I then used a postcard-sized window to select interesting areas, which I then cut out.
I think this one is the most successful
These remnants look as though they have possibilities (can you see my tendency to use every little scrap popping up again?)
Yesterday I finished 10 more postcards which have been in the pipeline for ages. First I made the background of painted calico layered with sheers and sparkly fabrics, then I appliqued the houses, painted them with acrylics and outlined them with a Pigma pen. Yesterday I finally quilted them and finished them off, made them into postcards instead of intricate rectangles of fabrics. It was nice to be back in the studio after so many weeks of playing around with html and css, websites and blogs…
They are all for sale for Â£15.00 and I can send them either blank in a jiffy bag or stamped with a message through the post.
Here are some of them:
This card is from Sandy at Dangling by a Thread. All glittery and colourful. It is entitled ‘Mullion Windows #3′ and she was inspired by a technique by Margaret Beal, who is the lady who does lots with a soldering iron. I went to her workshop earlier in the year. Thank you Sandy!
This is from Jen of Scraps. It is called Cool Kelp Forest #4. I love the fabric and the little picture inside the big one. Thanks, Jen!
A postcard from Karoda! The title is Textural, and that is an apt description of it. Gorgeous! Thank you, Karoda. It has lots of layered threads and fabric layered under tulle and then all sorts of yarns couched on top.