Radiant Roots © Susan Jackan

Radiant Roots © Susan Jackan



Artist Statement: As Spring draws near I anticipate the bounty of summer. My small garden is lush with tomatoes, lettuce, and green beans. I chose to “plant” root vegetables in my quilt. “Radiant Roots” depicts the connections between plants and soul. While the leafy greens are visible on the surface, the root vegetables beneath must be imagined. I selected radishes, celeriac, beets, carrots, and onions as the underground stars. A sketch was drawn and colored with colored pencils before creating the piece.

Size: 44″ x 45″

Materials: cottons, batiks, painted cotton, variegated threads, cotton batting

Techniques: The background is painted with fabric paints. The soil layer required dark hues of black, brown, gold, and sienna. The vegetables were fashioned from fused bits of fabric and fused as units onto the background. Before creating the leaves, I researched the produce department of the grocery store. Photos were taken of some of the foliage of the vegetables. In the quilting process I thread sketched fairly heavily and extended the root hairs with thread.



Radiant Roots (detail) © Susan Jackan

Radiant Roots (detail) © Susan Jackan