|Love - The Writing's on the Wall - Amanda Sievers|
Love...it comes in so many forms and can be expressed in so many different ways that, for this challenge, the idea of using graffiti really appealed to me and gave me a great platform to explore surface design at a higher level than I had done before. I also wanted to try to convey the idea of how fluid love can be - how love comes and goes, how love moves and shifts in intensity, how it can be strong and vibrant, possibly at the beginning of a relationship (or further into a relationship, if we can be that fortunate) and how love can fade, dull and diminish over time, like the writing on a wall.
This piece gave me opportunity to really work on building layers and exploring surface design more deeply. I first dyed a piece of cotton mid grey, then I silk screened on an ezy-screen print I made of the brick wall. Next I got out the chlorox bleach pen and started taking out some colour which you can see in the light green areas. Once happy with that, I got out the sharpies and fabric pens, drawing and writing expressions of love all over the piece. I also used liquid paper (white-out), stamped on some hearts in red acrylic paint that I cut from lino block and smudged and sponged on some purple & red acrylic paint. Lastly, I used an image transfer paste for the large word 'LOV' that I had created using sharpies on white copy paper. It looked incomplete, so I added the 'e' at the end with fabric pens and finally the piece looked balance to me.
Lastly I quilted the piece using pretty rough stitching along the lines of the brick work and major elements.
Materials: Cotton hand dyed fabric, acrylic paint, sharpie pens, fabric pens, silk screen paint, white-out, chlorox bleach pen, dylon image transfer paste, Madeira thread.