Friday, December 4, 2009

Macro

Finally I have something new to show. I've talked about this macro project before, a challenge done for the Fiber Artists of the North East (FANE) that meets monthly with Jane Davila as our mentor. We were to take a Macro shot of anything with our camera. For those of you who don't know, a macro shot is a setting on most digital cameras where you can take a very close up picture. Then we were to use that photo as inspiration for a quilt, any size. Here is my finished product, Feather Study. Please click on each picture to see more detail.

Here is the photo I started with, a grayish white feather on bright turquoise fabric.


I cropped the photo to make it square, then took it into Photshop and changed the picture to four different colorways. Changing the color just changed the background color, but when I used the Posterize filter, it brought out many under colors in the white/gray feather. I printed out each altered photo to about 8 inches square onto fabric and pieced them together. I liked the secondary pattern that emerged when I rotated the 4 pieces to sew them together.


Then I heavily machine quilted it, changing threads many times to match the color in the photo. I enjoyed this process immensely and want to do some more.
There were some fascinating pieces shown last night , using many different techniques. I know, I know I should have had my camera, but once again I left it home.

9 comments:

Janice Paine-Dawes said...

I love the way you set the multiples to create the central motif.

Diane D. said...

Very nice, Norma. It's fascinating what happens to the colors when you change hues, isn't it?

Robin said...

Norma,
I too really enjoy the thread painting process and yours turned out fabulous.
The secondary design is great! Can't wait to see what else you do with this.

Sherryl said...

What a lovely piece Norma. I have been meaning to try doing some work in Photo Shop but never seem to get to it. I think I am chicken.

Vivien said...

Oh Norma, it's gorgeous! I'm so sorry I got there too late last night to see it in person.

lcroswell said...

Wow! Lovely!

Cynthia Wenslow said...

Great interpretation of the photo, Norma!

Maxine Oliver said...

Beautiful Norma, It was a fun project. And as usual your work is wonderful....

Johnni Schell said...

Just beautiful, Norma - at first I couldn't 'see' the picture in your artquilt - duh.... - what an artistic and creative way to emphasize the negative space! I have been following your blog for awhile - you are truly growing as an artist!!