22. Jan, 2017

Family Heritage Quilt

For as long as I can remember a photo of my great grandfather, William Daysh, and his three sons, Bert, Herbert and Bill, has hung in the family rooms. They cleared the bush at Te Rau Moau and brought the logs out by bullock team. Interpreting this in textiles was a challenge. I originally printed the basic outline onto canvas but would probably not use this process again for a larger item as I ran into problems thread painting the joins because of the thickness of the canvass. The men and bullocks are thread painted, the tree trunks are textured wool with the canopy made from lots of small snippets of fabric sandwiched between layers of organza and free motion stitched. The forest floor in the foreground is needle felted wool