Some more new work in my Illuminations collection are my rice paper lamps. I’ve collaged a couple of them with posterized photographs printed onto rice paper and laminated onto the lamp.
In the run up to Devon Open Studios, I took over our salon to work on my lamps.
For my Swallows Lamp, I went back to my art quilt roots. I machine appliqued and machine embroidered swallows, summer flowers and the sun onto a background of cotton organdie that I had painted light sky blue.
After I had fused my textile designs onto the fabric, I got up very early one morning to stitch them into place, after a breakfast of tea and toast. From my rooftop window, I could see the martens, swifts and swallows diving and skimming across the late summer sky as I worked.
I used free motion machine embroidery to outline and embellish the shapes. I also painted some background foliage behind the flowers.
After I finished stitching, I fashioned the fabric into a sheath which fits neatly onto the lamp.
I love how the light from within highlights the stitching.
With all of my Illuminations, the light coming through the translucent fabric gives the piece a different quality. They can be enjoyed as a three dimensional sculpture during the daytime.
At night time, they inhabit the space in another way.