Icon

Icon

11" x 13" Poly silks, candy wrappers Layering, burning

Beggar Girl's Dream

Beggar Girl's Dream

30" x 57" Multitude of fabrics, handmade doll Layering, fusing, burning

Beggar Girl's Dream, Detail

Beggar Girl's Dream, Detail

Burgundy Vase

Burgundy Vase

43" x 55" Hand dyed cottons, silks, poly silks, sheers, laces Layered and scrunched appliqué, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, beading

Landscape

Landscape

8.5" x 14" Hand dyed voile Soft edge appliqué, hand embroidery

Lake in the Fields

Lake in the Fields

18" x 13" Torn fabric strips

Yellow Town

Yellow Town

21" x 17" Cottons and poly silks Machine appliqué and quilting, whole-quilt dyeing

Square Chrysalis

Square Chrysalis

42" x 42" Hand dyed cottons Machine appliqué, piecing, machine embroidery

Reef

Reef

40" x 30" Layered dyed cottons Fused and raw edge appliqué

The Hare and the Tortoise

The Hare and the Tortoise

25" x 28" Hand dyed and commercial cottons Fused appliqué, embroidery

Village in the Fields

Village in the Fields

13" x 18" Dyed cottons, yarns Soft edge appliqué

Seahorse

Seahorse

7" x 11" Hand dyed fabrics, laces, handmade paper Stuffed appliqué, machine embroidery on soluble fabric, beading

Pot on Ledge

Pot on Ledge

26" x 32" Hand dyed fabrics, silks, laces, yarns Layered and scrunched appliqué

Village by the River

Village by the River

21" x 22" Hand dyed and commercial cottons Fused appliqué, machine piecing, quilting

Prince on Horseback

Prince on Horseback

29" x 37" Based on a Mughal miniature painting I saw in a museum when visiting Zurich. Cottons, satin, lace Painted, "antiqued" background, padded horse and prince, dimensional tree and leaves

Hanging Basket

Hanging Basket

25" x 27" Dyed cotton background, laces Layering on background, scrunched and sculpted flowers

I was blown away by an exhibition of Russian icons I saw in London many years ago. So much rich, gilded magnificence in a darkened room. Then I came across a technique described in Maggie Grey’s Workshop on the Web (WOW) online publication and it was the perfect way to celebrate old, peeling images. Metallic foils, candy wrappers, fabric and thread and polyester overlays are used in this technique and then the soldering iron and the heat gun “distress” the piece. Fascinating. I did a number of these icons. Some were totally destroyed by the time I’d finished with the heat gun! But many were successful and have given me some much-loved gems.