Saturday, September 13, 2008

Holga- Textiles

Years ago I enjoyed designing and making wall hangings. I looked for unusual fabrics and sometimes designed a wall hanging around the fabric I'd purchased. Last fall when I'd just bought my first Holga camera I looked around for subjects to photograph. My wall hangings were a good "photo opportunity" I thought.

I first visited Hong Kong in 1974 and "fell in love" with the city. A few years later I bought the red fabric with Buddhist prayers and made the above wall hanging with the Chinese junk and hills above Hong Kong harbor. It's still one of my favorites.

A closer view. I did an enormous amont of hand quilting in the sails of the junk.

The sun was so bright I decided to shoot a few other wall hangings outside among the leaves. I found this fabric with Japanese writing in a sale bin at a fabric store. The colorful fabric is a Japanese style print and the yellow crane is from an old kimono that was falling apart. Years later I studied Chinese and some Japanese language. I then realized that whoever printed the fabric didn't know any Japanese as it's printed in reverse.

I used some left over fabric and made a small quilt on the back too.

The log cabin is a very popular quilt. I used very untraditional colors amd silks fabrics in this experimental four block log cabin sampler. The rectangular embellishments are folded fabric called prairie points. This small unfinished piece is also reversible. I sewed the both sides at the same time and in the middle is a piece of thin white flannel for stability. The white flannel doesn't show when the quilt is finished.

The reverse side. The piece remains unfinished today...

A more traditional wall hanging made with Japanese style cotton fabrics. The pattern is called Lone Star.

I made this modern design wall hanging after a trip to Miami Beach where I was enchanted with the pastel colored Art Deco hotels. I machine quilted "Miami Beach" and a flamingo with metallic thread.

Couldn't resist a double exposure of the Miami Beach quilt and my quilted blue shoes.


YTSL said...

Wow, sbk. I know you told me that you loved fabrics but I didn't know how much! And so cool re your having first visited Hong Kong over 3 decades ago and still continuing to love it. :)

Fiona said...

Hi my name is Fiona. I was notified of your patchwork through google news and found your wonderful Art Deco work from your trip away. This would have taken ages to do...and with lots of patience I would imagine. It is stunning! I love anything and everything that has the Art Deco style influence. I also have a blog called Art Deco where I have showcased my Art Deco Prints that are over 80 years old.