Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Reassembled 1" - Green Challenge

Reassembled 1 by Lynn Krawczyk
(photographed on a black background)

I may have stretched the idea of "Green" a bit. I went through several variants before finally finding my way.

I wanted to go along the lines of recycling and reusing but wanted to reach beyond the obvious meaning. I decided to turn my attention toward my UFO box - which offered plenty of options to work with!

The piece that I ended up choosing for this project is shown in its original state below:

I've always liked this piece but it didn't have much energy the way it was and I could never figure out where to go with it to finish it. I randomly chopped it up and put it back together into the composition you see at the top of the post.

After I reassembled it, I did something that I almost never do with my work - I machine quilted it. I am a dedicated hand stitcher but this piece is covered with gel medium and gesso and various paints which would have made hand stitching very difficult or even impossible.

Since I know my limitations when it comes to me and my machine quilting skills, I did a simple grid pattern on it. After quilting, I did some printing with thermofax screens to help pull everything together.

I am really happy with the result and plan to do more pieces like this.


  1. Oh, this is so much better than the original!! Very, very good! It is fun to look for the recognizable pieces, the original integrity is there, but so 'better'...And your 'limited machine quilting skills' as you say, work perfect in the grid because of the grids in the piece.
    I hope you have big plans for this piece.

  2. Isn't stretching part of what we learn in this challenge? I love this piece and am glad to see another non green, green quilt!

  3. Fabulous Lynn! It has tons of energy now, I love it.

  4. What a great job reworking an earlier piece. That takes a lot of guts if you ask me.

  5. Wow. This is a wonderful piece. Energetic all the while pulling the viewer in for a closer look. Well done!

  6. You made our eyes move through the piece wonderfully. This work has energy not found in the original. Great work.

  7. Clever girl, you. A very original piece!

  8. I can honestly say I couldn't at first grasp that your finished "green" piece started out as the 2nd photo....your finished work has so much going for it that I found myself returning to it many times. It has a strong voice now and I commend you for coming back after quilting it even and adding more...wow!