|Elements of Our Past by Gillian Cooper 2015|
This is my latest piece. I’m calling it ‘Elements of Our Past’, but the kids are referring to it as ‘Patrick from SpongeBob meets the Minions’. It is based on an Ancient Greek sculpture – I really liked the shape, so I drew it out a couple of times, then redrew it to full size on lining paper.
|The original drawing|
As soon as the kids saw it on my wall, rather than complimenting me on the lovely shape, they all said ‘It’s Patrick, SpongeBob's friend’. TV has a lot to answer for.
|Screen printing the fabric|
All the fabric was hand dyed and then screen printed with thickened dyes using shredded paper as a mask (thanks Catherine!). I ironed fusible webbing on to back of the fabric and cut it into patches and ironed them in place.
|All ready for the final stitching|
Using mainly thicker than normal thread (a Wonderfil speciality that Mags Ramsay put me onto at last year’s Festival of Quilts – thanks Mags), I free machined over the figure to give it more definition. I really like the ‘sketch-like’ effect of these lines.
|Stitching in progress|
Once it was finished and up on the wall, one of the kids came in and admired it. Great, I thought, finally appreciation for my art. He said: ‘You know Mum, it doesn’t look like Patrick any more, it’s much better. It looks like a Minion too...’
I hope that you will see my ‘Unsung Muse’ in this piece, the ancient eternal goddess and not just a mixture of kids’ cartoon figures!
|Detail of 'Elements of Our Past'|