Rebecca Roberts’ Fabric Paintings

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Rebecca Roberts’ Fabric Paintings

My jaw dropped when I saw these fabric “paintings” by Rebecca Roberts. I’m about to start my second quilt, and they have given me a huge jolt of inspiration and the nudge to try something a little more free-form. These aren’t quilts — they’re sewn pieces laid over a stretcher, like a painting — but they are pure delight for anyone interested in textiles, color, and form. She says:

Having learned sewing as a young girl, working with it as a “painting” medium feels natural to me. Each painting begins with the relationship between two or three fabrics – their color, texture or pattern. The painting develops as I take the pieces of fabric apart (by cutting) and put them back together (by sewing) over and over again … The painting changes dramatically when I stretch it over the stretcher. This process is just as important to me as sewing the pieces together. I’m interested in the tension on the seams and the changes that happen to the shapes.

Oh, what I would give to see these in person! (Via Red Jet Whistle.)

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