Because of my unconventional approach to my fiber art, the question I’m most often asked is “How did you think of that?” My answer varies depending upon which of my pieces is being discussed. I often reply “Well, why wouldn’t I think of that?”
It wasn’t until I began lecturing to large groups of quilters that I began to realize that not all brains think alike. What seems so logical to me may not seem logical to another. I guess it’s the reason why quilting groups are so diverse. The words ART QUILT often terrify the more traditional quilter, while some art quilters couldn’t follow a traditional pattern if their life depended upon it…nor would they want to. It’s what makes the world go round.
The lower photos accompanying this post show an idea that actually came to me in a dream. I had created C L I C K II February’s Journal which is made up of 16 interchangeable circular pieces connected by plastic belt click closures.
Award winning art quilt which was published in Quilters’ Newsletter Feb/Mar 2010
Since each of the circles is a mini-art quilt, I was looking for a way to display them as singular works. One night, in a dream, the idea of a frame with closures attached, came to me. The next morning, over breakfast, I described my vision to my very handy woodworker husband. After much discussion, and a little tweaking here and there, the frame was created. Problem solved. Each of the 16 pieces can now be clicked into the frame to be displayed on its own.
October on Trout Lake
Each of the circles has a story all its own, but that’s fodder for another post.
It’s a brand new year with many opportunities coming my way, always a happy surprise. My life never ceases to amaze me. Never could I have imagined life in my seventies being the magical ride it is.
Recently, out of the blue, I have received two requests for the upcoming year, a one-woman show in a prestigious art gallery and an opportunity to sell my wares along with a fellow fiber artist at a high-end gallery next December. I am intrigued by both possibilities which has sent my brain into over-drive. What will I show? What can I come up with that will appeal to the masses?
One of the classes I will be teaching at this year’s Vermont Quilt Festival is Think Small. Why not take my own advice and Think Small? What can I create that won’t take my usual months to complete?
For the past couple of days, I’ve been sketching ideas and then playing with them at my sewing machine. I’ve never attempted thread painting and decided to give it a try. I was very pleased with my first attempt, Winter’s Chill, shown below, and have decided this is something I may want to explore further. It turned out to be much easier than I had anticipated.
As usual, one idea leads to another and another. My feeling is that I’ll spend the week thread painting a variety of trees on those wonderful batik fabrics I’ve saved for just the right project.
More to follow.
As promised. Today’s attempt at thread painting hemlock branches on a batik background.
thread painted hemlock