Designing with Rust
In November of 2009, artist Jean M. Judd, started experimenting with using
rust as a dye medium in making some of her hand dyed fabric. This
technique has been referred to as "rust dyeing" but is really the
application of pigment to the fabric with rust being the catalyst to
this process. These pieces of fabric will be made into textile artwork
emphasizing the fabric design created by the rust pigment and becoming
environmental art using textiles, iron, and rust. These pieces are
heavily hand quilted to add texture to the fabric. The rust pigmentation adds a painterly aspect to the work in many instances, which leads to viewers commenting that they are "stitched paintings".
Some of the objects she has been using in the process include architectural ironwork, rusted car parts including a radiator shell from a 1920-1930s vehicle, a clutch plate from a tractor, and other found items that had rust already forming.
Lace #5 is a continuation of the Rusted Lace series. The ground was created in 2011 using dye and
rust pigmentation created by using scientific iron filings. The sculptural hand
stitching was applied in 2017and then framed. The color nuances in the artwork
are evident on personal inspection as detail in this close-up image. There are many varied visual textures and designs
flowing throughout the piece. This dynamic artwork is designed to hang in
either a vertical or horizontal orientation which makes it a versatile artwork.
Rusted Lace #5 -
(c) 2011-2017 - Hand
Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Rust Pigmented Textile – 32.75" x 42.25"
(81.5x106.75cm) - $9,000
Snowflakes is a continuation of the rust pigmentation experiments
using scientific iron filings and a copper cookie cutter. The rust pigmentation
was completed on this piece in May of 2010. My initial reaction was that it was
not successful. I added the star framing and set it aside in my pile of
artworks waiting for hand stitching. I bypassed this piece for several years as
it still seemed unsuccessful. In November of 2016 I finally decided that I had
to either do the textural stitching on this piece or throw it away. Not being
able to discard it, forced me to complete it
Rusted Snowflakes - (c) 2010-2017 - Hand Stitched Thread on Rust Pigmented Textile 19.75” x 30.75” (50 x 78cm) - $3,000
Rusted Vines and Hinges – (c) 2009-2016 - Hand Stitched Thread on Rust Pigmented Textile 27.75” x 24.5” (68.5 x 41cm) - $5,700
Shadow of the Past has required a longer than usual completion
window. This piece was begun in 2009 as my first experiment in using “old iron”
that I scavenged from the woods around my studio. I used a shroud from a
tractor’s radiator and a brake wheel to rust the background fabric. The
pigmented fabric hung in my studio for the next several years. I couldn’t
decide if it was ready for the hand stitching phase or if it needed something
else. I couldn’t visualize it past this point so other work kept taking precedence
Shadow of the Past – (c)2009-2015 - Hand Stitched Thread on Rust Pigmented Textile 42.75” x 25.75” (109 x 66cm) - $9,000
This is a new piece utilizing rust pigmentation and architectural ironwork to create textile artworks. A single piece of ironwork was used three times to create the center panel. Rusted Grapes (shown above) was created using a section of the same piece of architectural ironwork.
Flaming Grapes - (c) 2009-2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 27.5" x 26.5" (69x66cm) - $6,200
This series of textile artworks continues the exploration of rust pigmentation. Using the paper cutting technique for snowflakes from my youth, I devised a way to transfer the paper design onto my hand dyed fabric using iron filings. The tactile quality of the medium is maintained with this process. Further design elements are created by the intricate and dense hand stitching. The 3-D dimensionality is markedly evident when seen in person; even more so when displayed on a neutral wall. The nuances of the many colors in the base fabric can only be appreciated up close, which tends to lead to the involuntary desire to feel the texture of the artwork. To see detail images of the art quilt, click on Detail 1 and Detail 2. Click below for an interesting look at the back of the textile artwork where the design is also very evident. Acquire
Rusted Lace #1 - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 19.5" x 19.5" (49cm x 49cm) - $3,700
Second textile artwork from the Rusted Lace series created on a piece of my hand dyed fabric. The main design was created using iron filings in a paper cutout that turned to rust with the addition of water and salt. Dense and intricate hand stitching, shown here, in various colors of thread were used to create the visual as well as physical texture of the piece which is evident when seen in person. The overall design reveals itself subtly on closer inspection. As the piece is rotated, subtle shifts in design and color emerge making this piece truly unique and designed to be easily displayed in any orientation. The back view of the artwork, shown here, shows the textural aspect of the stitching.
Rusted Lace #2 - (c) 2010-2012 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 21" x 21.5" (53x53.5cm) - $4,000
Rusted Lace #3 continues the exploration of scientific iron
filings on hand dyed fabric to create lacy looking pieces in the Rusted Lace series. Various values of orange
are the predominant colors in this particular art quilt. Whole cloth
construction with Proxion dyes created the basis for the artwork.
Rusted Lace #3 - (c) 2011-2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 16.5" x 43" (41x109cm) - $4,600
Rusted Lace #4 (below) continues the exploration of scientific
iron filings on hand dyed fabric to create lacy looking pieces in the Rusted Lace series. Various values of orange
are the predominant colors in this particular art quilt and are similar to Rusted
Lace #3 above. Whole cloth construction with Proxion dyes created the basis
for the artwork. Extremely dense hand stitching created the visual and physical
texture that is evident in the photography. This design creates movement and
flow into and out of the artwork mimicking and echoing the rust pigmentation
This series is where I first began to experiment with the
scientific iron filings. I used them along with freezer paper to create my
canvas for the textural hand stitching. Here is a Process image just after the pigmentation process is complete and I
have removed the freezer paper to reveal the design.
Rusted Lace #4 - (c) 2011-2014 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 16" x 42.5" (41x109cm) - $5,100
Installation of this piece can be in either a vertical or
horizontal orientation which really opens up the display options for this work.
Although not designed to be displayed in a grouping, merging this artwork with
any or all of the other pieces in the series creates a very interesting,
contemporary artwork with infinite shape possibilities. One option can be seen
in this image. Other orientations can be seen at these links: Orient 2. Orient 3. Orient 4.
The first piece in my Rust Pigmentation series is a diminutive piece measuring just 10.25” by 12.25”. The grape bunch motif is applied on a piece of dyeing canvas. My own hand dyed fabrics are used for the surrounding frame of the piece as well as the binding. The piece is heavily hand quilted in an echo motif around the grapes, branch, and leaves. See Detail. A diamond grid is hand stitched in outer frame representing the wire framework grape vines are trained on in a vineyard.
Rusted Grapes Art Quilt - (c) 2009-2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Textile - 10.25" x 12.25" (25.5 x 30.5cm) - $800
If you have a specific space you are interested in filling with contemporary textile art, please send me via email email@example.com , a high resolution image of your space. Include the title of the artworks you are interested in and I can easily email you back various images showing how the artwork will look in that space. Many of my pieces can be displayed in both vertical and horizontal orientations so this will really give a great vision of how wonderful the work will look in your space.