Wall Hanging of Buildings in Hartlebury (approx 2m square, displayed in the Main Hall)
"This project was started about 2005. I took photographs of various buildings in Hartlebury, enlarged them to A1 and then had a mirror image taken of each A1 enlargement.
In order to give the sky, grass and roads a 3D effect, I created material using shaving foam and blobs of acrylic paint. Each picture was built up using a lighting box, mirror image and Bondaweb in the normal appliqué quilting fashion. The shapes were ironed on to the background of calicos and top stitched into place by various matching stitches. To give a greater 3D effect and shadows, part of the materials were hand painted. The trees and bushes were created with confetti quilting which is when suitable material for vegetation is cut into tiny pieces, ironed onto the background, then free motion sewing is used to hold the leaves and branches in place.
When the nine pictures were completed, to limit the joining materials buckling, heavy duty interfacing was used to give a consistency between the pictures and the adjoining materials.
The whole project was finished in December 2017."
PHYLIS S.S. SMITH