Kind of dramatic, huh? I am not sure what else to call the shape. I have used this shape two other times – both on political quilts.
I knew the approximate shape I wanted, so I made a paper template by taping a bunch of pieces of newsprint together.
Then I cut out the fabric. Then I trimmed the fabric. Then I shaped the piece until I had it the way I wanted it.
Finally, I was able to put it on the wall. It didn’t stick, so there are pins you can’t see.
- I wanted to make the shape look like it was going down a drain. I needed it to look like it was constrained in some way and forced to flow down.
- I wanted the black border squares to go on top of the Shape. At this stage, I pinned the border over the shape to move in that direction.
- The part of the ‘water’ that goes down a drain was hard to approximate. The shape you see in this picture is what I ended up with.
After I got the approximate shape, I took fabric ink and a rubber stamp alphabet and wrote on the shape. I wrote words that described what I observed was going down the drain.
I always have a hard time naming my political quilts. Their names end up being straightforward and somewhat unsophisticated. I guess I have learned to go with that.
Posts about Down the Drain
- I Have a Secret – 8/6/2017
- Art Quilt Start: Background – 8/8/2017