Friday, October 28, 2011

New Direction

Crow's Delight
My new work seems to be a natural progression, at least for me. I'm trying to move myself to do abstract work.  I entered this piece in the Naperville Art League's themed exhibition As Crow Flies. (Each month the League has a themed exhibition.) It was the first time I had ever entered anything and frankly I was nervous. I actually sat out in my car for a few minutes before going inside to register my pieces.Turns out I didn't need to be nervous. My quilt was warmly embraced and I got lots of positive feedback (alas no sale). I did find it interesting that people felt very comfortable touching my piece and wondered how they would feel if someone did that to her work of art. However, I do feel that being accepted, having positive comments, etc. is worth having my work handled after all it is only natural to want to touch fiber.  This work included retail fabrics and my own bleached and dyed fabrics, hand quilting and machine quilting and hand beading (which is where the title originated). It was my attempt to create an urban landscape. The "love" was my homage to graffiti.  I feel the exhibition was one of the better ones for the NAL. I am pleased I pushed on my comfort zone because next time will be easier. When was the last time you pushed your comfort zone?


  1. love class last week we did some quick 4 x 6 cards with fabric and then enlarged into a piece......I think I'm going to do more of was freeing..........

  2. I laughed when I read about people touching your work. When I exhibit something in an informal setting (for example, not hanging, but on a table), you'd think it was a cat because of the petting and caressing it receives. But our fiber art just begs to be touched, and we have to expect this in the absence of white glove ladies. LOL.
    Martha Ginn

  3. Martha, I usually don't mind light touching because it is so tempting, but there was one woman that actually had it in both hands and away from the wall. I had to breathe deeply and remember that my piece was the only one being discussed in the entire gallery. Thanks for sharing. It's good to know that I'm not alone. Hugs, Karen


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