More so as a kid—though always, really—I’ve looked like my father. The genes are strong: we all look a little unusual and our family resemblance is strong. However, more than any sibling or cousin, I resemble my father. The look is in the big but happy dark eyes, the rounded-but-shapeless nose, the full lips and the pinch-able cheeks. But a few years ago, all of a sudden, I started also to look like my mother. An uncle commented about this to me then. And he seemed kind of shocked to notice it too: sort of more intense dark eyes, a more sculpted nose bridge, sharper cheekbones, well-defined lip shape, and a point-y chin. Rounded looks became more sharp. (Before you ask: nope, no change in weight. Just aging.) And I still look just like my dad too.
Is this a weird way to introduce a quilt?
It seems most artists turn to the self portrait as topic for a while. I’ve shied away for lots of reasons, but some recent embroidery made me think my self-confidence and technical textile skillz were up to a first stab at the exercise. I opted for an abstract approach this time, seeking to illustrate the shapes–as observed above.
Technique-wise, this applique is inspired by the stencil quilts of Dan Rouse. I have never taken his classes nor asked him for guidance in how to do it. Would love to get a lesson in it someday if I ever get back to San Francisco or if he ever comes to the other coast. I have long admired his quilts and the subjects he chooses.
Okay, here are the photos already…geez.
Sorry about that sun flare…
Design: improv patchwork with monochrome contour self portraits
Materials: kona snow, muslin, osnaburg cotton; various calicoes
Techniques: machine applique (both regular and reverse) and machined pieced; machine quilted; and hand-bound
Finished size: 36″ square
Started: October 2012
Finished: November 2012