Could you please explain your working process? How do you design your idea?
Sure, I generally come up with the initial image digitally, either through PhotoShop or Illustrator. Then I go through the process of vectorizing the image and changing the colors to meet the color pallet of the fabric manufacturer that I use. Depending on the size of the finished quilt, my next step is to divide the image into sections and then into blocks. Once that is finished I go into each block and start to carve it up into pieces based on the image. In a sense, I'm deconstructing the image. Once all the blocks are divided it's time to create the pattern. This process involves adding sewing lines, determining the sewing sequence for all the pieces, and adding the codes for the different colored fabrics. Next, I print the pattern on regular paper and cut it out. When I'm ready to sew, I apply the fabric directly to the paper. The paper stays attached to the fabric until the entire quilt top is put together, then it all gets pulled off. Finally, the actual quilting process begins. Quilting is simply stitching together . the pieced quilted top (that I described above), a fibrous batting material, and a backing fabric.
So, you construct them piece by piece going from sketch to production in a highly technological way. That sounds like you are still using the architectural approach to the work, aren't you?
Oh, definitely. One of the parts of architecture I enjoyed the most was the documentation phase, which involved taking a design apart and drawing it so that it could be put together on the job site.
By the way, how long does it take to make one quilt? I guess, it depends on the number of pieces, what is the average? How many artworks per year can you produce?
It really does depend on the complexity of the piece and it seems my pieces keep getting more complicated as I go along. The piece here, Ofrenda, took 3.5 months or about 400 hours to complete. Depending on the size and pandemic, I can complete 2-3 pieces a year.