Occasionally, when working on a new piece, my best laid plans go awry and I meander off in an entirely different direction.
Several years ago, while on a photography kick, I wandered around taking “artsy” photos of anything and everything. Some were worth saving and were stored and forgotten. I recently became involved in a fiber arts challenge based on the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. While brainstorming, some of those old photos came to mind and I chose one I thought might make an interesting composition. My goal….a Nancy D. interpretation of a Georgia O’K. abstract flower.
The photo I chose to print on fabric was taken by placing the lens of my camera into the top opening of a piece of pottery purchased at a yard sale, obviously made by someone who flunked Pottery 101. To say it is a unique “vase” is an understatement, but the photos of its interior were strangely beautiful. Glorious colors flowed like molten lava deep inside the piece, a wonderful surprise.
With 8 1/2″x 11″ fabric sheets prepared for the printer, I decided that I would print 4 copies of the photo, 2 facing left, 2 facing right. Sewn together in mirror-image fashion, an abstract yellow iris-like image was formed. Yes, that would do nicely for my challenge piece entitled Georgia…My Way.
Things were moving along nicely until the time came to choose the border fabrics. Many were auditioned before the final choices were made. I am extremely pleased with the results except for one thing. The piece is now more Star Trek than Georgia O’Keeffe. Luckily, I have a large, funky Georgia-like sunflower hanging in my studio which will do nicely for the challenge entry. Now, all I need is to find a Star Trek challenge. Anyone?