Friday, August 22, 2008


This is a Fiber Portrait of Caroline Jarboe
PAQA member, Marlene Woodfield created this startlingly realistic art quilt as a 40th Anniversary gift for her sister and brother-in -law. It is a surprise, so if you know them, don't tell them yet!!! Caroline is their youngest grandaughter.
How did she do it?
A flesh colored commercial fabric was used for the base of the face and neck. With a sable brush, Marelene used Tsukineko acrylic inks, just as though she were painting on canvas, strategically applying them layer by layer, developing the facial features and shading. White on White fabric was dyed with procion dye to color the background fabric.
The hair is freehand cut and applied rough edge with many different fabrics to achieve the color tones. The quilt was heavily machine quilted both with flowers and a "patchwork" checkerboard design to add dimension for the background.
Nine different commercial fabrics, mostly batiks, were used in the crazy nine patch border.

Don't forget to click on the photos to see the closeups of this amazing artwork.
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1 comment:

Pat Winter said...

Marlene's quilts are wonderful.I have been fortunate to see some of Marlene's work up close and it is truly amazing and perfect. The detail she incorporates in each quilt is awesome and makes them look like photographs. It was so nice to see her work here. Thanks for sharing.