Acquaint Yourself with Mixed-Media ‘Quaintings’

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One of Mixed-media Stitch
Artisan Cynthia Frenette’s ‘quaintings.

cate pratoMix paint with fabric, thread, and ephemera and what do you get? Mixed-media quilted paintings, or “quaintings” as artist Cynthia Frenette likes to call them.

Cynthia, of Mission, British Columbia, Canada, was chosen as the 2012 Cloth Paper Scissors Artisan in the Mixed-media Stitch category.

Having seen Cynthia’s work first-hand, I can tell you that these images do not do it justice.

Each piece begs to be lingered over and touched, such is the textural, multi-layered nature of the artwork. The more you look, the more you see.

Cynthia’s favorite supplies include thrifted and vintage fabric; old magazines, newspapers and other ephemera, such as metro tickets from her recent visit to Paris; plus Liquitex acrylics and “plain old regular black polyester thread” that she goes through “by the mile.”

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Cynthia Frenette

“I get inspired by textures and by places that are full of character, old weathered and worn buildings, gardens, and well-loved houses with character,” says Cynthia, such as those she saw on her recent trip to Giverny and Monet’s gardens.

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Detail of a lace-filled window ‘quainting.’

You can learn more about Cynthia and her artwork in the January/February 2012 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors.

Subsequent issues in 2012 will feature the other Artisans:

Kristy Quinn, Indianapolis, Indiana (Printmaking and Surface Design);

Laura McHugh, Matawan, New Jersey (Mixed-media Jewelry);

Roann Mathias, Cordova, Tennessee (Art Journal and Bookmaking);

Valerie Pillow, Lenexa, Kansas (Collage and Assemblage).

Each of these Artisans has something unique to offer, and you won’t want to miss getting to know them.  If you’re a subscriber to Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, you won’t have to worry. If not, start the year off right by subscribing today.

P.S. Have you ever combined stitch, fabric, and paint? How did it come out? Let me know in the comments section below.


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