Sunday, March 6, 2011

Ireland Collage on Burlap

This is a work-in-progress. There is still quite a bit of embellishing to go but the piece is heading in the right direction. I've used burlap as a base ground. The landscape scene is a waterfall  in Muckross, Kerry County, Ireland. I know in this area, much magic must take place! I could have spent the day by this waterfall in search of fairies.  I wanted the water to extend into the border trims.
I've used French wire-edge ribbon, bits of brown organza fabric cut from a
1920's flapper dress, rhinestone sections of another flapper gown, a brown velvet flower from a 1950's hat and filling in with vintage Czech beads and  a brass finding.

I scanned the image onto cotton poplin. I do not use silk fabric for scanning images. My experience has been to see accelerated fading on silk fabric when printing with ink jet printers.
 I used a double-sided fusible and fused the cotton image to the center of the burlap. I  then basted pieces of doupioni silk to the edges of the image. I want the doupioni fabric edges to fray. The fraying adds to the texture of the piece. Then I began to layer the border of the image with wire-edge ribbon, scrunched velvet fabric and the flapper gown bits.


Robin said...

It's absolutely gorgeous! What a magical picture for your centerpiece.


Janet Ghio said...

This is so beautiful! I wish I could see it in person.

MosaicMagpie said...

My daughter just retuned from visiting Ireland, from what she told me your green fits her description to a tee. "Everything was so green there!"

Nanouanne said...

It's gorgeous, I love it. Congratulations.

Denise said...

Gorgeous.I love it.I am now a vender to a pretty shop.I make fabric collage wall hangings for her.It all started after I found your blog and fell in love with your work.Of course mine are simple compared to yours but I enjoy it.Thank you,I hope you continue your blog so I can keep learning from you.Denise

Allison Ann Aller said...

This is so interesting, Vicki...really beautiful too! LOVE the burlap!