Working with both fabric and paper in my collages has been one of the most rewarding types of collage that I have ever done. It lets me use all the pretty little pieces of fabrics that I have been hoarding for years, with vintage and antique laces, buttons, all kinds of trims and whatever else I have laying around that fits the theme.
For the little "quilties" or wall hangings, I generally start with cuttings that I take from old quilts that I find at flea markets.Then I stitch on many layers of fabrics and laces. I also stitch on vintage pictures printed onto inkjet fabric sheets. Often I use muslin that I stamp with Stazon inks. Lastly, I add any other embellishments to get the look I am after. The layers are all stitched on the sewing machine. Sometimes I even follow with some needle feltingto add more texture.
For the collages on gallery wrapped canvas, I start by gluing different papers to the canvas itself. Then separately, I "build" the fabric partsof the collage. I stitch together various fabrics (always checking to see how they will fit onto the canvas), laces, organza, cheeseclothand many other textures. Most have to be colorized with different paints and inks to coordinate with the papers and other fabrics. Like the"quilties" I also stitch on the images which have been printed onto inkjet fabric sheets. The fabric collage is then glued onto the canvasusing a fabric glue. Lastly, I gather up all kinds of different embellishments to finish off the piece. I paint the sides of the canvas with a coordinating acrylic paint.
Glenda Bailey Jan 2009
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