Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Chapter Eight requires that five paper relief surfaces made for Chapter 3 are each translated into two different ways in fabric. For an easy reference I have placed both the photographic record from Chapter 1 (on the left) and its related paper relief surface from Chapter 3 (on the right) before the picture of each fabric sample.

Fabric sample 1 – First translation into fabric

 metallo24-treSample ONE

The background is a layer of stitch and tear support irregularly wrinkled and sewn to a sheet of paper. On it fragments of different fabrics torn and shredded in imitation of rust “pebbles” (grey organza, cheesecloth, tulle net, cream-coloured jersey). Technique: appliqué.

Sample ONE bis


Sample ONE detail

Fabric sample 2 – Second translation into fabric

Sample ONEmetallo24-tre

For this second interpretation in fabric I made a sandwich of a printed cotton, grey lining, curtain fabric and tarlatan, stitched them all together with randomly wavy lines and cut irregular diamond areas to reveal the background layer in different ways. Technique: wadded quilting.

Sample TWO


Sample TWOdetail

Fabric sample 3 – First translation into fabric

 metallo15-base Sample TWO

For the background I burnt an old linen sheet with a candle in different areas and fixed it on a layer of soft kunin felt distressed along its edges. This background was then ripped and partially mended. Melted strips of synthetic net were stitched on it. Through the main gush at the centre different materials flourish from the bottom.  Techniques: burnt and melted edges, appliqué, wadded quilting.

Sample THREE bis


Sample THREE detail

 Fabric sample 4 – Second translation into fabric

metallo15-baseSample TWO

For this second interpretation I wanted to obtain a less textured surface with a shallow relief. Techniques: wadded quilting, appliqué, machine embroidery.

Sample FOUR


Sample FOUR detail

Fabric sample 5 – First translation into fabric

 metallo5-dueSample THREE

For this heavily textured surface I prepared a substantial background with a sandwich of different fabrics, embroidered it, and made big tucks in all directions. I finished by padding some areas from the back. Techniques: wadded quilting, tucking, padded quilting.

Sample FIVE


Sample FIVE detail

 Fabric sample 6 – Second translation into fabric

metallo5-dueSample THREE

Techniques: shaped quilting (for the rust “pebbles”), free machine embroidery in the recessed areas.

Sample SIX


Sample SIX detail


  1. These are so exciting. I particularly like the third one. Happy New Year .Sheila

  2. Fabulous samples as ever, Daniella, you certainly have a great flair for interpreting ideas, especially in Fabric sample 4 – Second translation into fabric, my favourite.

  3. Daniela these are fantastic. You have been very busy! Happy New Year.

  4. Amazing work. Wishing I could touch them all.

  5. Very interesting and lovely work.