Red Oak Cross Section x5
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Red Oak Cross Section x5

$1,100.00

Art quilt about Red Oak tree, micro to macroscopic

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Oak trees have extremely strong structures, even among hardwood species. This allows their branches to grow very long horizontally.

A microscopic image of Red Oak cells in cross section, and low magnification, emphasized the tree’s growth rings.

The quilt started with a length of plain white cotton cloth. The background, leaves and acorns, 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, and then overpainted the ring cells in bright colors to emphasize the arcs. In the border, the rough 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.

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

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