Flamenco Swirl #3, 13 1/4″ x 21″, metallic on cotton, © 2014 Joni Beach.
Pieced, reverse applique, threadpainting, and free-motion quilting.
The Story~~Flamenco Swirl #3 is another expression of the exciting Spanish dance that is accompanied by expressive guitar music, hand-clapping, and soulful singing. The movement of the dancing, the colorful dress, and pounding rhythm of the feet on the stage awakens not only my senses, but my imagination!
Artist’s Process~~A gesture line drawing was sketched and used as a pattern for the dancer. This piece is the reverse image of Flamenco Swirl #2….after the figure for #2 was cut out, I layered the dress fabric behind cut-out opening in the black fabric. A reverse applique was made by stitching around the raw edges. Borders were then pieced around the middle design. I then added depth and texture by free-motion quilting and threadpainting on details.