Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Work

No, this is not a new quilt and you've seen it before. It was made for the Gray Plus One challenge and is called No Elephants Here. (long story behind the name). The quilt measures 18" x 24".

A fiber art group to which I belong, FANE (Fiber Artists of the North East), has monthly challenges. This month we were to visit a previous quilt that we had made, isolate one section and make that section into a new quilt.

Here's my new piece measuring 12" x16", almost three times as big as the isolated section. I didn't realize how I had screwed up until it was all finished. If you look at the isolated section, you'll see that the strong line on the right hand side should be parallel to the angled line, not perpendicular. And I made the two squares in the same direction. The bold stripe on the right is an interesting piece of fiber that I bought this summer. It is two inches wide and came on a roll. It it some kind of pressed leaves and/or paper on a paper base. Very cool stuff, whatever it is. The hand dyed rayon threads couched down next to it were bought at the same time to coordinate. They are such yummy colors. The solid colors are silk Dupioni. Be sure to click on the picture to see details.

I'm going to start another one today with the correct orientation and a different color. I have more of that paper/leaf fiber in tan/brown/gold. I'll post it when it's finished.

It's the first bit of sewing I've done in a long time and it felt good to be doing something again. I've been in such a creative slump or funk. Perhaps it has something to do with my recent rejections from shows......Quilt National, Visions, Schweinfuth, Lark Book, SAQA. I know that they all had a very small percentage of acceptance, and lots and lots of people try and never get in, but it still hurt. Quilt National gets over 1,000 entries for 83 spots. I have since entered my three QN entries into three other shows. I still think that they're good quilts and hopefully some other venue will, too. You haven't seen them here, but you will if they get accepted.


Martha Ginn said...

Hi Norma,
I love your FANE project, and hope you don't mind my IFA (Innovative Fiber Artists) grup copying your challenge idea. Your new piece made from the isolated section of your gray piece is very interesting, and I will watch for your "correct" interpretation of it.
Those rejections are bummers; my submission to Houston was not accepted even after winning a blue ribbon in our show. I blame part of the rejection on my inability to get a good photograph of a mostly black piece. Sour grapes!

Vivien Zepf said...

Well, if it's any solace, I LOVE the three pieces that are waiting to be seen in exhibits. I'm confident that they will each find a home on the exhibition circuit.

Good luck on the remake. I wonder if that will be easier or harder to make?

Diane Wright said...

I'm with Martha Ginn on this one. I too love your FANE project AND hope you don't mind an imitation by our art group at some point. It's very interesting! Thanks for sharing.