This series was a response to the SAQA Oregon Regional conference 2016’s call for 3-Dimensional artwork. Their definition includes a requirement of at least three layers to the work. While my previous Series I and Series II included technically three layers of fabric, including the lining, I wanted to quilt through at least three layers and wanted the lining to remain free. I wanted this series to connect with the previous two, but I wanted to loosen a few of the rules I’d set for those series.
To reach my goals, I decided to try the crazy patch technique I’d used in my American Village series to help provide the foundation to my work. I picked up colors from my first two series by using the same blue batik for the bottom sashiko panel and using the red, yellow, and green batik fabrics for the solid triangles. The rest of each piece was a crazy patch design using the same fabrics and techniques I used in American Village I and II.
I departed from the rules of my first two series by using my machine for construction. I also simplified my sashiko considerably. The green sashiko patches on each piece are completely hand sewn in the traditional way, using solely sashiko to attach the pieces. Those pieces along with the matching sashiko patterns on the bottom blue panels and the white rattail ties with green ends tie the pieces together as a series. The overall colors and look of the crazy patch work further connects the works.
I like the less sophisticated feel that the crazy pathwork gives to this series. Sashiko was originally a techniques used by farmers and fishers to patch their work clothing. In these pieces, the crazy patchwork along with the simplicity of the green sashiko patches works to call that original use to mind. I like that effect.
I also like the overall feeling of this series. I miss the satisfaction of having constructed each piece entirely by hand, but I love how these pieces came together. As individual pieces, I think each works well. Together, they connect but don’t progress or explore any of the elements further. I like how the extra layers work here, too. As a selection of three-dimensional art quilts, I think this series works nicely.