Faces of Arabia was a challenge thrown by ‘ Birmingham quilt festival’ in the year 2007.
I, as usual wanted to create an original piece. Loaded with my camera , I went around Kuwait city looking for inspiration and stumbled in the ‘scientific center’ and the tile lay out inside the center and took a snap which was used as a design element to create a background for my quilt.
Several photos taken during my travel around the middle east, provided the images for line drawing . With my limited knowledge of techniques then,I knew only a few techniques . Out of them one was thread painting and the other was image transfer. I converted the photographs into line drawings and image transferred them using the bobbin thread technique.
To give more authenticity to thread painting I made the blocks in black as if to represent pencil sketching on a white fabric tile.
Photographs from a Camel Race from Kuwait, A bust of Tutankhamen from Egypt museum,Belly dancer from a show in Dubai, car race from desert safari, and a small boy in Arabic dress( actually a grandson of my friend in dress up) all were image transferred .The boarders were not quilted as the basic machine I had then was not able to do it as it had tension problems.So I avoided the quilting part as time was running out.
Geared with more techniques and tools I may reproduce my own quilt in the near future.