…..by Lynn Carr.
“Out and Onto the Canvas” is the title of the quilt made through a process of collaboration by the seven members of Textile Lincs. Hopefully you can see what the concept of the quilt is all about. David Hockney used his observation skills and through his painting skills transformed what he saw to give new life to his subjects in his distinctive painting style. Through fabrics, threads and using our own skills we aimed to capture some of the essences of his work. However, making a group piece is not necessarily an easy thing to do. As anyone in LINQS will know, there are many considerations and decisions to be made in our own individual pieces, but in a group piece everyone has to be involved and everyone has to be happy about the final outcome.
All members were involved in the early stages of deciding just what would be our subject. We wanted to show something of the diverse images of Hockney’s work; we wanted cohesion in the colour palette and yet we didn’t want to produce individual squares and sew them together. Sounds easy when said in so few words, but getting there took a lot of talking and a lot of googling! One thing we decided early on was that the colour palette would be based on The Arrival of Spring.
Then, as often happens after much talking in the early stages of a project, we decided, “Well, we have to start somewhere”, and so we each went home to choose a painting that interested us and convey it in fabrics and threads. At our next meeting all these pieces came together for consideration as to what worked and what didn’t in the overall image. You will see imagery inspired by Hockney’s wood paintings, his fields and furrows of Yorkshire, his dancers and his totem motif.
Having selected the images to go into the final piece, we then arranged them within the overall size of 30 x 40 inches and discussed what was needed to bring the whole piece together. This was achieved by using stitchery and fabric collage, again using our chosen colour palette. Both hand stitching and machine stitching were used throughout and a variety of fabrics such as cottons, silks and velvets.
As you can imagine “Out and Onto the Canvas” has travelled a few miles already between members’ locations at Lincoln, Grantham, Spalding and our meeting place of Sleaford. It truly has been a collaborative project and even though one of our members lives outside of Lincolnshire and so was precluded from joining in on the stitching, she was very much involved in group discussions, the final design and the many considerations to be made along the way. Other members involved were Lorraine Appleton, Lynn Carr, Angela Daymond, Anne Dolan, Jenny Harrison and Krisztina Theisler. We hope you enjoy the final outcome.