Years ago, a friend brought me a tote bag from Vienna, featuring fabric with a print by Gustav Klimt. I took the tote, loaded with collage supplies, to a family gathering recently, and when putting everything away, didn’t notice that one jar of rubber cement was not closed tightly!
What a mess greeted me the next morning! The lining of the bag was a loss, so I cut the print off the bag and tossed the rest. The fabric is some kind of synthetic – not something I could really press – and it had lots of little fused crystals on it, for added bling.
So I turned it into a convergence quilt! The colors suggested rust, gold and black to me – standard for so many of Klimt’s paintings. I had removed the original crystals, but will add more to the finished piece.
It turned out well, and will go on display in June, 2015, with the Library Quilters Show, at the Morton Grove (Illinois) library. It will be interesting to see whether anyone recognizes the original painting.