Artwork by Helene Blanchet

Paul's Magnificent Treehouse

Paul's Magnificent Treehouse

29" x 38" ©2009

This piece was a study for a folk art landscape with a focus on hand dyes, surface manipulation and embellishments. As I created the cloth, I thought of our changing lives. We were newly empty nesters, and were moving to Cape Breton Island. I looked for inspiration in art books and stumbled upon one image in particular; a beautiful blue tree on an apricot background. It was made by Paul Klee. It reminded me of our children playing in the back yard with their friends. Our giant pine tree was always full of kids; laughing and yelling. This quilt is for our children and for Mr. Klee. This quilt has been juried into several shows in Canada and the US. Techniques: Hand-dyeing including; shibori, resist dyeing, scrunching, fabric painting; paper piecing; reverse appliqué; appliqué; embroidery; beading; quilting: all work done by hand.

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