50″ x 26″
50″ x 26″
The inspiration for this piece specifically came from a tiny golden sculpture that was found on Java. So I called it the “Golden Nymph”. I cannot even remember where I saw it – the image was burned into my brain and so I made this art quilt.
Most of these sarongs are very colourful – I decided to keep the colours more subdued and instead to emphasize the pattern of the dress which has been hand painted after the quilting, mixing golden pigments into the silk paint. I also added metallic pigments to the figure itself in order to remind of the golden statue itself.
In order to create this image on silk I made a simple drawing which then was transferred to the cloth with a “light table”.
If you don’t use such a device very often it is not necessary to buy such a thing. What you need is the following:
2 neon light bulbs which could be connected directly to a socket, 4 cans with the same size (doesn’t matter if you take pees or corn or any other ) and a glass plate or thicker acrylic glass plate big enough to cover the neon bulbs between the 4 cans without touching the glass or acrylic plate. Best is to place the 2 bulbs horizontally in a distance from one another that matches the size of your glass plate.As I already said the quilting was done by hand before the painting. Hand quilting on silk creates a lovely relief so that light and shadow form their own patterns. So the background pattern was thought as an additional adornment to the figure. A detailed image as below shows that pattern:
Now you can place your drawing on top of the plate and the silk or any other thin fabric on top of the drawing and start transferring your drawing lines. Voilà – you have your light table. It helps to use strong marking lines on the drawing and the fabric should be quite thin. Here a 2-ply dupion silk was used.