September 25, 2013
New Work -- Bleeding Heart
This summer I was asked to write an article about my cyanotype process for Quilting Arts Magazine. I wanted to break down the process into step-by-step instructions and illustrations, and went looking in the garden for an appropriate botanical subject to document. Luckily my bleeding heart plant, Dicentra spectabilis, was having a banner year and was in full bloom. I clipped a flowering stem and used it for a cyanotype print on cotton, and was especially pleased at how well I was able to capture the delicacy of the flowers. You can read all about the process, and learn how to make your own cyanotype prints, in the Oct./Nov. issue of Quilting Arts, available here.
Now that the magazine has hit the newsstands I am ready to share the art quilt I designed around the print. Bleeding Heart was made with my handpainted fabrics, along with commercial cottons and silks, and measures 30”h x 28”w. It captures that moment in the early summer garden when all the world seems bright and fresh and new. It’s up online in The Garden gallery on my website - enjoy!
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