Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Backing Cloth - a step too far for most folk I suspect!
A couple of quilts ago, I was looking for suitable backing cloth and couldn't find any as the quilts were large. I got out all the dye stuffs ready to make something suitable. Then it occurred to me that as far as a piece of artwork goes, should it matter what the back looks like? Should it? You don't find painters unduly worrying over the backs of their canvasses.
But a quilt? Shouldn't that have a pretty backing cloth? I get the idea that it shouldn't have wrinkles in it, and that ones technical prowess is on show by having no pleats or dodgy bits, (that's a whole different question!) but does it have to be colourful to look at if your aiming for a piece of art as opposed to say, a bedquilt or tablecloth?
So, I made one or two of mine with plain white cloth. AND, I'm not the slightest bit bothered that the paint's come through. I don't see that as relevant to be honest. Why would I try and stop it? To what purpose? It's to go on a wall not a bed after all.
But there again, I don't do labels either. I sign my quilts on the front. If a piece is going for exhibition or sale then I do add a printed piece of cloth on the back so that the curator/purchaser doesn't have to work out the text for themselves, but I don't add my name or date etc.
But that's just me!! Everyone is different, and I may change my mind and use a credit card to spread acrylic paint in colourful swathes over the back, but I don't think so at the moment.
For this portrait I'm starting off by using some stencils and stamps to make a background. I especially like the stencil with the jumble...
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