Swallows lamp

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.

Southbank Shawos Lamp - 22 x 116 cm

Suncast Shadows Lamp – 22 x 116 cm

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The Dark Heart of Summer Lamp – 22 x 116 cm

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The Dark Heart of Summer reflected in a mirror

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Detail

In the run up to Devon Open Studios, I took over our salon to work on my lamps.

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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.

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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.

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I used free motion machine embroidery to outline and embellish the shapes.  I also painted some background foliage behind the flowers.

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After I finished stitching, I fashioned the fabric into a sheath which fits neatly onto the lamp.

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Swallows Lamp, 22 x 116 cm

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I love how the light from within highlights the stitching.

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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.

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At night time, they inhabit the space in another way.

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