Homer Carter and Homer Youngblood were both professional photographers in the early part of the twentieth century. In our house, we have a lot of photos taken by these two men who, to our knowledge, never met.
Homer Carter was the father of Sadie, my mother-in-law. Homer Youngblood was the father of Cleo, my mother. Interesting, don’t you think?
This serendipitous happening means that we have some images on hand that were made with the best photographic equipment available at the time, and printed on quality paper. Perfect for scanning and printing on fabric, I think.
This photo of an unidentified gentleman of the early 1900’s was compelling to me. He was a client of Jim’s grandfather. I printed his image on a remnant of a vintage linen tablecloth, painted the bicycle red, and quilted the layers with silk thread. Free motion quilting gives dimension to the man and the bicycle with wool batting underneath.
The image is layered on a denim remnant, hand stitched with a Kantha stitch using red embroidery floss. All is then layered and attached to a scrap of an old tattered quilt.