The Three Little Pigs
40" x 26"
Layered raw-edge appliqué, hand-dyed and commercial fabrics, fabric paint,
3-D soft sculpture.
THE THREE LITTLE PIGS was created as part of
a collection of 50 quilts based on classic fairy tales and original
stories. The quilts were made by quilters from all over the U.S. The
premiere display of the entire collection will be at the 2007 Houston
International Quilt Festival.
It is hoped that this collection will
eventually tour and have a book to benefit
Comfort, the Armed Services YMCA program that provides photo-transfer
comfort quilts and pillows to children of deployed service men and women
of the US military.
I waited a while before committing to a
story for this collection. I wanted to pick a story I was certain I
could illustrate, and be sure that I would have
time to get it finished.
Finally, I chose THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and
sketched out a design, which changed very little over the course of making
the quilt. From the beginning, I planned to have the wolf featured in the
foreground, but it wasn't until I saw the faux fur at the fabric shop that
I realized he would be a 3-Dimensional piece rather than a flat appliqué.
started by selecting the fabrics to represent the houses - finding
textures and patterns to represent straw, sticks, and bricks. I also found
a nice pebbly path to connect the houses. I hand-dyed the sky and grass
fabrics. The houses and pigs were constructed from layers of appliqué.
Each piece has a black background layer to give it an outline. Fabric
paint is also used to create outlines and small details.
Another component of the exhibit was
presenting a version of the story to accompany the quilt. I stayed pretty
true to the original story, but I didn't want to include a lot of value
judgments and labels... kids get judged and labeled enough - short, ugly,
fat, skinny, dumb, gay, etc., why add to that? So in my version of the
story, the wolf was just "The Wolf", not bad or evil, just a wolf doing
what wolves do. The first two pigs weren't stupid or lazy, they just liked
the particular building materials they chose...and soon learned that straw
and sticks just weren't strong enough to withstand a blast of wolf breath!
Here's some detail shots showing close-ups of
the pigs and their houses: