I unabashedly stole the idea for this blog title from the wonderful surface design blog, And Then We Set It On Fire. But fellow quilting student Peggy Kugel freely gave me the advice to run over my quilt with my car.
Instructor Rayna Gillman asked us to make a piece with two neutrals and one bright color and we had about 90 minutes to do so. I was having trouble with the whole idea of creating abstract compositions, as you can see.
That’s when Peggy made her suggestion.
I mixed 1 part textile medium with 2 parts black acrylic paint, applied it to the tire, and drove forward two feet. I like the result! I might embellish it with a scrap of fur (to represent road kill), a bit of a greasy McDonald’s wrapper and a few shards from a broken taillight. Then it will be clear (to any Alaskan) why it is called “Springtime in Alaska.”
See that rusty spot on the car body? Maybe rust dyeing will be my next textile adventure. I can use duct tape to attach a piece of fabric to the car–or maybe I’ll wait until I have another quilted piece that needs improvement and then use that.
P.S. Rayna’s class was FABULOUS and I learned a lot. I treasure the relationships I formed with fellow artists–especially with Peggy!