Some time ago I promised to try out the effect of pyrotechnics on textiles. My intention was to grab a few samples of my work and set them ablaze. Since then, I’ve wussed out repeatedly on burning up things I’ve made. I couldn’t even come up with a “hit list” of designated ignition targets. It has become apparent to me, however, that I really ought to just bite the bullet and do this as the information/satisfaction/notoriety would be worth it in the end.
The purpose of setting my quilts/textile art ablaze is to do the following:
- check to see how close my work is to passing Health Canada’s standards
- come to some sort of understands of exactly how flammable my house is, given the number of quilts, wall hangings and piles of fabric therein
- have a blast torching the heck out of things
- make the neighbours seriously question their choice of neighbourhood
- scare the dogs
- thrill the kid
- get rid of some old duds of projects that I won’t allow to be sold, yet cannot throw out. At least this way they could serve a purpose.
So I’m accumulating a nice collection of stuff. As soon as I get a clear day with minimal wind, I’ll have a go at it. Thus far it is my intention to burn the following (plus some basic pieces of cotton fabric and cotton batting, some with stabiliser, some without, some with fusible, some without, etc.):
Here’s your chance. If there’s anything burn-wise and quilt/artquilt-related about which you are curious, let me know and, if possible, I’ll char something for you personally. I’ll post the results, too. I can’t say that I’ll mail you the item afterwards, you understand. I’m not sure what Canada Post would say. But I will happily do such things as test the relative ignition properties of cotton versus wool batting or how quickly flame spreads on cotton versus poly-cotton thread, if you like.
It’ll probably be a week or so before I get to this. I’m thinking that this is another one of those things (like dealing with 220 electrical outlets or changing light bulbs on a ladder balanced halfway up the stairs) that I probably should do when another adult is around to put out flames and provide emergency hospital transport. So it’ll be the weekend, at least.
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The essence of the penultimate paragraph makes me feel better!
I’m a textiles student from the UK, doing a project of evolution. I’ve recently got into burning crochet, and lace and photography/photocoping to result to record the detruction of my work, then embellising it to creat something new. Was researching artists out there who might do a similar thing and your name came up on google! I whole heartedly agree with you at the enjoyment setting stuff on fire can bring. Have you ever thought about your burnt quilts as a form of art though?