Recently I had lunch with some very creative women and we exchanged handmade gifts. I wanted to do something for them that was unique, I had not seen and had not made before. After giving it some thought, I decided to come up with these stylized leaves. And I personalized them for the recipients. Starting at the bottom, Rosiland always puts a flower in her quilts, so I gave her a flower. Next, counter clockwise the orange and gold was for Jereena who is from India. Then Barb hand dyes a lot of fabric so hers was made with a batik with the look of one of Barb's hand dyed fabrics. Then there is Billie, and she is new to our group. And lastly (but not least) is Carole, a fabulous quilter and all who know her know she has a very distictive look using her signature colors so the one I made for her was in celebration of that.
Thank you to all my Creative Friends. I look forward to a new year of creating together. Sharing laughter, sharing techniques, encouragement and love with my sisters of the cloth!
The Connecting Threads show put on by the Contemporary Quilt and Fiber Artists art quilting and fiber art group that I belong to has come to a close. The show at the Women's Art Barn in Mariemont, OH was a huge hit! It was very well attended and 8 art quilters sold work in the show! That is always a thrill when someone else loves your vision enough to take your work home to enjoy every day! The hanging committee put the show together in a thoughtful way that caused my eyes to flow from piece to piece until I had seen the entire show! That takes a considerable amount of talent in itself! Here is my coiled piece, Desert Sun on a stand in the show, part of the flow!
I recently had the pleasure of being a featured artist at the Miami Valley Christian Academy for their annual Fine Arts Night. It is organized at the school by the Art Department and was my first such experience! The students even made a sign for my table. My obligation as a participating artist was to demonstrate coiling. The elementary age children and the parents seemed to be the most interested in the coiling. One little girl was so attentive and asked such good questions! It was fun to explain the different types of core material I had used and how I use them for different effect when she said, "hmmm....that makes sense." SO CUTE! It was a great experience to participate in this annual event!
While I was demonstrating, I had a signup sheet on my table for people to sign up for a coiling class and so now I have to get ready for that class! Gotta run, lots to do!
One of the things I see happening to me as I am learning art quilting is I "see" the world a little differently. My camera is going to be very important to my creative development. Often now while I am walking in the woods or through some other serandipity, I find something that literally or figuratively suggests a quilt. That is what happened the other day. I was getting in my car in a parking lot and heard an awful squawking and looked around to see this little bird on the side of the parking lot looking at me and giving me the what for! I could almost imagine her little wings on her hips! I realized she either had babies or eggs nearby and so I stood and talked to her for a minute all the while scanning the side of the parking lot. I could not see any babies or eggs. While I talked to her, she didn't move a muscle, but as soon as I turned to enter my car, she hopped back on her eggs. She blended so well that it took a couple of minutes to find her. I got out of the car…