I attended the New Zealand Symposium in Manawatu earlier this year and was privileged to take a class with Melissa Burdon. Melissa transforms photographs into works of art.
I chose a photograph of my beloved Jack Russel, Dougal. He is 13 years old and has become MY dog even though he was a pet for my sons when they were young.
Using the computer program GIMP, the photograph is altered removing colour and leaving a gray scale image. This technique allows a tracing to be made of the subject separating areas by their shading.
For this class, our photos were shaded into 6 levels. Each of these shades translated into a shade of our chosen colour. I chose purple.
The picture is slowly built up a piece at a time until it is ready to place onto a background. Finding just the right background took some time until I found a print of his favourite thing…TENNIS BALLS.
Once the background was complete and Dougal was fused in place, it was time to quilt.
Using Aurifil Cotton Mako 40wt and 50wt threads the ‘fur’ began to ‘grow’.
All of the quilting was done with FMQ. Each tennis ball was carefully outlined so they would ’bounce’.
If you have a photo of someone or something special, have a go with GIMP and create your own fabric photo.