I love everything about this photo. I have been thinking and thinking about how to use it as a jumping off point for a quilt. Since our upcoming exhibition theme is "The Space Between", what could be better than to play with this image and see what happens?
Easier said than done. I finally have the quilt constructed, not-yet quilted, but I think I took it apart, added, subtracted, and generally rearranged this quilt somewhere between one and two dozen times.
I plan to soften the dark central walls with thread painting. The extension of the alleyway is a combination of organza (tinted with both India ink and paint), dyed cotton cloth, and art paper. I want to stitch it accordingly, too. The black edge of the walls will be softened with a series of shades of gray.
The graffiti is dye-painted on silk habotai.
All the background cloth was either immersion dyed or manipulated with textile paint.
See the photo inset? It is Spoonflower fabric.
The pieces of graffiti are based on some styles of work I saw in Amsterdam. I fussy cut it out of the large silk cloth.