Friday, July 19, 2013
The highly sought-after email that begins with Congratulations, came this week from IQA Houston. Needless to say I was elated and excited. As far as I know the technique I used to achieve this portrait is a new one for fiber art. That makes it really exciting for me.
Spirit of the Kiva
I had entered two pieces this year so I had two emails from IQA. When I opened the second one my heart stood still. It did not begin with a Congratulations!
This piece had meant so much to me. Obviously, juriers don't take that into consideration, nor should they. They are looking for a lot of things in a piece and the time spent in the initial juriering process is short. I have to keep this in mind and tell myself that this is a good piece. It just wasn't the right one for these juriers.
I was very upset with myself for being so disappointed when, in fact, I had a piece chosen for the show. I should be elated.
The next morning I opened my email and there was an invitation from Allen Coleman, director of the Pickens Museum of Art, asking me if I was interested in having my art work included in Connecting Concept & Medium: Fiber Art in South Carolina.
Another door just opened. This exhibit will be hanging Sept 7, 2013-Nov 14,2014 and will include all types of fiber art. The Cherokee Indian Nation had a great presence in our area of SC years ago. Haygood Mill, under the direction of the Pickens Museum, is the site of American Indian petroglyphs. How appropriate is that?
Am I still disappointed, yes a little but it's been made much easier with Allen's invitation to be in this exhibit.
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Friday, July 12, 2013
38" X 23"
We've all heard the expression, you can't see the forest for the trees, that phrase rang true to me last night. I was sewing the facing on Pink Perfections and had it laying in my great room.
We had friends over for dinner and my friend, Ann picked it up to take a look. She asked me what the flower was. Ann is a master gardener and a fiber artist and I respect her opinion. If she didn't know what this flower was how would someone else know?
I realized that I had not put in the anther and filament. In other words, the center stems with the little tip that carries the pollen.
So, thank you Ann. I hope this has taught me a lesson to open my eyes and really see what I'm looking at. When you are a realist that's pretty important.
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Friday, July 5, 2013
I couldn't wait so as I colored in the flowers I added water to watch it get more intense as I painted.
Having company for a few days so time in the studio will be limited for now.
I hope to start quilting on a new piece next week and already have an idea for the design. Hopefully that part will keep getting easier.
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