Using some reference pictures from books I drew up my own composition. I decided to have a large land mass and small sky. Using a piece of mottled hand dyed grey fabric as my starting point. I then discharged all the parts I wanted white (the sky and the craters). I then masked them off and applied a Shiva stick rubbing over various handmade collograph plates. The reflections were added with Inktense pencils. The trees, wheel and fence posts were fused on lastly.
I quilted horizontal lines in metallic and rayon threads for the water. To offset this, the sky was done in vertical lines. The ground was quilted in a heavier variegated thread in a squiggly pattern that got smaller and more horizontal towards the horizon.The barbed wire was added using bobbin drawing with Pearl 8 thread.
This was a quick and satisfying quilt to make and one I would like to make into a larger and more considered piece. This would be especially significant as the centenary of the first landing at Gallipoli (and subsequent First World War events) is coming up in 2015. My great grandfather was in the first landing of Australian soldiers on April 25th, now our national day of remembrance, Anzac Day.
|'All is Silent' by Linden Lancaster 2013|
|'All is Silent' detail 1|
|'All is Silent' detail2|