Black Locust Cross Section x25
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Black Locust Cross Section x25


Art quilt about Black Locust tree, micro to macroscopic


Black locusts are medium-sized spiny trees with a forking trunk and an irregular crown. The bark is deeply fissured in forking ridges.

A microscopic image of Black Locust cells in cross section seemed to show a rhythmic pattern of round and compressed cells.

The quilt started with a length of plain white cotton cloth. The background, leaves and bean-like seeds, were painted. The silhouette of the trunk and branches were drawn with fabric pastels. This cloth was centered over a larger batting and backing, creating an open border. I free-motion stitched the microscopic details with variegated thread. In the border, the characteristic bark is painted in acrylic to achieve a hard texture. There is no binding; instead, the edges were hand-cut to continue the bark pattern, and the raw edge of the cotton batting was also painted.

  • 45″ H x 27″ W
  • Cotton fabrics, cotton threads, paint
  • Machine quilted

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