Sunday, November 30, 2014

'Look to the Hills'

'Look to the Hills' Linden Lancaster 2014

The title of this piece refers to the Psalm 121 (v1-8) and is about protection:

I lift my eyes to the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-
He who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep……
The Lord will watch your coming and your going
Both now and forevermore.

It was my intention to use the actual text in the piece, but this did not eventuate.
This is a paper quilt with two layers. The paper fabric was made following Beryl Taylor’s method which involves laying papers onto a thin fabric substrate with watered down PVA glue in a similar way to collage. While the piece was wet I added various paints and crayons. When it was completely dry I added a piece of backing fabric and quilted it with a very sharp jeans needle using four different colour cotton threads.
I used a variety of materials including tissue, rice, pre-painted and ordinary photo copy paper with various size and type of text. To give the appearance of perspective, I put the larger text in the forgeground, meduim in the middle ground and smallest in the background.
This was a very quick and easy way to make a piece of art!

Look to the Hills crop1

Look to the Hills crop2

Look to the Hills crop3


  1. Interesting technique! Looks wonderful and idea is so great!

  2. As usual wonderful. Apparently a simple but very effective technique.

  3. This is beautiful Linden - my favourite. Your landscapes are always so inspiring and have wonderful meaning behind them.

  4. Such a warm and rich piece Linden. I like your use of text, it fits so harmoniously into the landscape.

  5. As always you show us your wonderful quilts and this one is not an
    exception. I like the way you have used paper and fabric together and succeeded so well to create this lovely landscape quilt.