With a humble beginning as a simple piece of white cotton cloth, this soy wax batik dyed artwork has details and depth worth a second glance. The batik process involves using various tools to layer wax marks onto the fabric and then textile paint, more wax, more paint. This layering creates a unique interplay of color and shape. My love of the batik design process and outcome has led me to make what are called “wholecloth” pieces where it is not cut up, but just layered with batting and backing and machine stitched to add further texture and interest.
This particular piece incorporates leaf imagery that is common in my work and that reflects my love of nature and place. Growing up and living in Western Montana influences my art so motifs and imagery that evoke the natural world are prominent. The colors are earthy and the depth created by the batik process is reminiscent of the layered matter found on the forest floor. It takes me back to lovely walks in the woods and enjoying the beauty to be found there.
NOTE: Not all of my pieces have beading on them—this one does not. I use beading as a design element and sometimes the piece just doesn’t need them!
Specifics about this piece:
Dimensions: 17-1/2”w x 22”h
Shipping: I am offering free shipping within the Continental U.S. Pieces are shipped folded or rolled in a box with tissue padding to eliminate creases. Insurance is charged separately at customer’s request. Contact me regarding shipping outside the U.S.
About My Work
I use fabric, thread, and often beads to create wall quilts that are like paintings in cloth. My work is mostly abstract and it reflects my appreciation of the beauty to be found in the mountains, forests, fields, and gardens of Western Montana (USA) where I am inspired to create. You will see recurring motifs in my work like leaves, flowers, trees and other elements of the natural world, although sometimes the connection to nature is found in the color choice or varied textures of the cloth. I am also excited by color and combining color in sometimes unexpected ways.
Most pieces are heavily stitched by machine with a hand-guided organic style of movement and line that is not marked or pre-planned. I love to incorporate stone, glass, metal, wood and other types of beads which become integral to the work as a wonderful contrast and compliment to the fiber. Beads catch light in a different way than fabric so they add strong visual impact to the art. I use many types of cloth and often create my own designs using techniques such as dyeing, painting, stamping, stenciling, color removal, rusting, and soy wax batik. Some pieces are wholecloth designs where a single piece of cloth I have created, my quilting/stitching designs, and any embellishment I may choose to add come together to make a piece of art that is thoughtful and meaningful.
All of my fiber art pieces are finished with a fabric sleeve that is stitched to the back side and shipped with a wooden rod to slide through the sleeve for easy hanging. Two small nails (or long pushpins for smaller pieces) will keep the work hanging neat and straight on your wall for a wonderful art accent in your home or business.
My pieces are one-of-a-kind, original designs and although I may work in a series of related pieces on occasion, never is there going to be another piece exactly like this one.
Please let me know if you have any questions about my work in general or a particular quilt or technique. I often share works in progress, new work, where I’m showing my art and teaching activities on my Fiber Into Art by Heidi Facebook Page at and on my blog.
Fiber Into Art by Heidi
I use fabric, thread, and beads to create wall quilts that are like paintings in cloth. My work is mostly abstract and it reflects my appreciation of the beauty to be found in the mountains, forests, fields, and gardens of Western Montana where I am inspired to create.
Shipping within the continental U.S. is included in purchase price. Purchases will be shipped via FedEx or USPS Priority Mail within 1 week of payment. Contact me for pricing for other locales. If you want the item(s) insured contact me and that cost can be charged to you separately.
I hope you will be happy with your purchase from my shop, but if not, I will issue a refund for items returned within 7 days of receiving the package if you contact me first to let me know what the problem is. You must ship the order back at your expense.
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