Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel - catoptric perspective, cylindrical mirror quilt by Rose Rushbrooke. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel

© Rose Rushbrooke 2010
31″ h x 48″ w

Pattern: Traditional Oakleaf and Reel.
Technique: Hand pieced, fused and hand appliquéd, hand quilted.
Medium: Commercially printed cotton fabric and flexible mirror.

Taking the traditional quilt into the virtual world. Using catoptric persective the design is stretched into a semi-circular shape. When a cylinder mirror is placed on the right spot, the quilt is reflected as a correctly proportioned rectangular bed quilt.

Detail 1 of Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel - catoptric perspective, cylindrical mirror quilt. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Detail 1 of Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel – catoptric perspective, cylindrical mirror quilt.

Here you can see the reflection of the real quilt in a cylindral mirror. The image is close to rectangular and in correct proportions.

Detail 2 of Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel - catoptric perspective, cylindrical mirror quilt. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Detail 2 of Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel

The quilting line is hand stitched in variegated thread. The design is morphed so it will reflect correctly in the cylindrical mirror.

Detail 3 of Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel - catoptric perspective, cylindrical mirror quilt. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.
Detail 3 of Anamorphic Oakleaf and Reel

Each stretched square has the traditional oak leaf and reel pattern fused onto the background. Each piece is hand appliquéd around the raw edge in button hole stitch.