‘Anodyne III’ 9″x12″
Mixed media fiber collage, cotton fabrics, paper and paper mesh, image printed on linen fabric and hand-colored, stamped text, distress inks, mah-jong tile, over-printed with found objects, hand and machine stitching, chunky zipper edging
14. What’s the most rewarding thing about your career?
I love teaching and getting a chance to encourage people to try new things and challenge themselves. I love creating art and pushing myself to explore.
15. How did you learn the techniques you use?
I learned my basic quilting skills from my mom and from books. Art quilting techniques I learned by experimentation, from books and the internet.
16. What are your favorite / least favorite parts of the quilting process?
I like the composing part the best, where I audition fabrics, cut and lay out pieces and start thinking about the quilting lines. I like edge-finishing the least so I don’t often use traditional bindings on my quilts.
17. What is your favorite technique?
I love to paint on fabric. I don’t have the patience for dyeing fabric and I try to avoid toxic chemicals and processes in my work, so painting with acrylic paints and inks suits me. I can get a lot of the same effects that dyers get with my paints and inks and there’s little to no prep, no setting and no hazardous materials or dust masks involved. To get a beautiful background wash on fabric I add a small amount of acrylic paint or acrylic ink to a container of water and simply brush it onto prewashed white fabric. I can use more than one color, I can throw sea salt on the wet paint for star burst effects and I can scrunch, fold or lay the wet fabric over a surface for even more textural interest in the finished fabric. The paint or ink changes the hand of the fabric only minimally and is as permanent as dyed fabric. And I can whip up as small or as large a piece as I need in exactly the color(s) I need.
Mixed media collage on bristol board, printed mulberry paper, gyotaku print on cotton fabric, stamped text, transfered text, embossed and printed papers, cotton fabrics
For more on Jane:
Books (all available through C&T Publishing):
• Art Quilt Workbook (co-authored with Elin Waterston)
• Art Quilts at Play (co-authored with Elin Waterston)
• Jane Davila’s Surface Design Essentials
• One-Page Book (Quilting Arts workshop dvd)
• Jane & Elin Teach You Art Quilting Basics (C&T Publishing)
You can purchase autographed copies of all Jane’s books, or sign up (if you’re quick, it’s just started!) for her online ‘Jump Start Your Art Career’ course by emailing Jane.