dye painted with transparent colors, cotton velveteen, padded, trapunto; artist's technique: " Sketch is translated into full-size pattern, via small paper mock-ups when necessary; fabric pieces are cut from the pattern correctly according to desired nap, and direction of the weave. Dyes are applied to the fabric pieces (Procion fiber reactive dyes) by means of brushes, paintings, sponge print, blocks, squeeze bottles, paint rollers, whatever. Fabric is properly finished-dyes are set, rinsed, dried and ironed. Quilting or trapunto is worked before final seams are sewn. Thickness of quilting is determined by how much thickness the machine will sew through or the general effect. Amount of trapunto stuffing determines shrink of the overall size. Trapunto is a method of quilting, whereby the stuffing is entered after two layers of fabric have been sewn together. Padded quilting is when the stitching goes through three layers--- top padding, and backing layer. Final seams are sewn, trimmed, and notched carefully. Object is turned and stuffed to the desired feel. Finishing hand sewing and embroidery is done last.
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.