The theme of "haven" inspired this art quilt. Based on fears inherited from his mother and grandfather who had fled pogroms in Russia for haven in America, a man I knew would measure a person as a friend or confidante, a person of trust, by this single question, "Would he hide me?" One hundred years after those ancestors arrived, America is still seen as a place of refuge by persecuted immigrants. In recent times, however, it has sadly proven less hospitable, even to those already here.
I cut a large stencil of a man, applied it with textile paint to cotton, and cut it into strips. The words I stenciled with commercially made letters and deColourant, which selectively takes the dye out of the cloth.
Would He Hide Me
30.5" x 44.5" (78 cm x 113 cm)
Hand dyed cotton and velvet; woven taupe cloth; stencils: fabric paint, deColourant; inkjet transfer; hand and machine quilted
Taupe cloth from kimonomomo, cotton velveteen to dye from Dharma, basic Kona cottons from Bay Quilts. As an iron-on transfer, I included a copy of an old map of North America from the Complete Encyclopedia of Illustration by J.G. Heck, originally published in 1851, my copy from 1979. Here is an Amazon link: The Complete Encyclopedia of Illustration: A Collection of beautiful engravings, copyright-free and clearly reproducible on every subject from architecture & military science to history and mythology. It is an amazing resource.
More about deColourant in this post from October, 2019.
A little more about iron-on transfers in this post from March, 2020.
More about inkjet printing techniques on cloth in this post from August 2011, and in this 2011 post, also.