fabric art journals

A new group challenge for our little art quilt group is to create fabric journal pages. Each month we make a new page, utilising whatever methods and techniques we want to and in keeping with the monthly theme. The pages will be eventually bound together to form a fabric art journal. We can make it any size we want and we will be keeping our own journal at the end of it.
This month’s theme was door, doors or entryway. This is my interpretation of that theme:

My inspiration was the the beautiful scenes we see of countries like Morocco, Italy and Greece with the sun-bleached houses on the hillsides and the sparkling blue seas in the background. I used all vintage materials- i.e. old bits and pieces of fabric, to form the house shapes and hand-stitched the red doors in a variety of stitches. Hopefully when you look at it, the first thing you notice are the red doors!
Other interpretations of the theme came from:

Lyn

Shirley

Trish K


Plus here are a couple of pieces completed from last month’s theme where we had to utilise orange plastic mesh in some way:

Trish K

Lyn


I think what we’ve all found from these challenges is that we are all creative in some way, despite our early misgivings on just what we would be able to come up with! Sometimes most of the month is taken up with forming the idea and the actual creation may not be so arduous. To give myself some guidelines for this challenge, I have decided on the following aims for my pages:
i) to make the pages in muted colours, as a contrast from my usual brightly coloured quilts,
ii) to use recycled items wherever possible,
iii) to create a look where there are lots of little pieces on the page; like embellishing with bits of fabric and threads, and
iv) to use lots of hand-stitching- not necessarily nice and perfect but big stitches, using thick or uneven threads, showing the knots on the front etc.
Once the idea has crystallised in my mind, I then think about how to create it keeping those principles in mind. I may not always keep to them exactly, but pretty close to it.
Anyway, that’s just how I do it!
Here’s another look at my page from last month, utilising the orange mesh as an inspiration even though it wasn’t physically on the page: