I am a painter and printmaker with imagry which is figurative/representational in nature. Having been a quilter for 20 years, and attempting original compositions, it wasn’t until I achieved an MFA from University of Canterbury, NZ in 2015, that I moved my focus on to the more ‘formal’ elements of design and composition, with narrative deliberately excluded. For this sharp turn away from my traditional path, I started using solid fabrics rather that my usual mediums of paint and ink. Design aesthetics and knowledge gained through my long art journey means I can bridge my traditional stitching skills with a contemporary usage of colour and composition elements.
Presently, I am exploring printmaking onto cloth in ways that will bring another subtle layer to what I wish to convey.
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Dimensions: 110 x 110cm (H x W)
Statement: This series of work evolves from spontaneous mark making using ink and a large brush…no two quilts are the same; it is that serendipitous methodology that appeals to my creative journey. No narrative, just simple delving into colour and shape!
© Rachel Ratten