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Friday, December 4, 2009

Simply Dreadful

I made this portrait art quilt for my 19 yr old grandson for Chanukah. He does wear his hair in dread locks, and leads a hippie-like life style.

This is the photo I started with.

I took artistic licence to color the dreads brightly. The dreadlocks are made from rolled up hand dyed repurposed dryer sheets. The face is made up of layers of cotton fabrics, the base is hand dyed cotton by Chris at Dye Candy.

The substrait fabic is brown felt, bound in cotton. I have top sewn the entire background in swirls using brown varaigated and gold metallic threads. Some of the swirls are painted with paint sticks. I love the 3-dementionality of the piece.

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The head and hair are hand sewn to the background piece, as

is the binding.

Let me know what you think.

It's 17" X 19".

I will probably make this again, as I would love to enter it into a show.


Quilt Architect said...

How fun. You are such a supportive grandmother!!!
I love all your creative license with this one.

linda said...

HA! this is wonderful, you should give it to him but he probably wouldn't appreciate it-quite! I love it..

thank you for your sweet comments on my blog posts too...they are much appreciated...glad you liked the video, it was fun :)

Joyce said...

It's fantastic. I might have to try something like that after Christmas. And your grandson must be a very interesting guy!

Lynn said...

QA, thanks!!

Linda, He is getting it for his Chnaukah gift and I am betting he will love it. Will let you know.

Joyce, he is...and be sure to let me know when you do something similiar, would love to see yours.

Margeeth said...

This is funny, it made me laugh!

Chris said...

This is great. I love the dreadlocks in all your bright colors. The quilted and painted swirls are a great backdrop. Brave Lynn!

Quilt Architect said...

Happy New Year Lynn! May this year bring pleasant surprises in your art.

Lynn said...

My grandson loved this wall hanging.

Anonymous said...

My husband used to have dreadlocks, and I am just getting into art quilts! I resonated with your post in a fun way. Is he into jambands? I bet he didn't know what to do with himself when he saw this amazing piece!

artymess said...

He He just found your blog and had to say that this wonderful 'dread ful' work which I love looks just like my partner can see a pic of him on my blog
its under the post that says pooh sticks
thank you for your lovely work
happy stitching