Deadlines always motivate me. I am using the opportunity to exhibit with my small local quilt guild at a Street Fair held in the nearest village this coming week. I finished my second entry yesterday. It felt good to be in my studio and productive. Here is Northern Parula, which has my drawing of a small song bird native to our area. The entry I just finished, Life is Sweet, is a rework of the small piece I made and posted about in June. I moderated the color and the added a shortened version of the accompanying poem in the border. Tomorrow I take them to town to exhibit.
Life is Sweet
I learned of a call for entries for an art show which will be on display from October 26th through November 17th, 2017 at the Coburn Art Gallery at Ashland University. The show is called Mail Art. It consists of 4″ x 6″ cards made to fit the theme “Strength in Connection-Thy Neighbor”. My entry, “Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White” using 185lb watercolor paper, a Zig memory system writer, inktense pencils, and a clever brush that has water in the handle.Entries must be mailed to the show without an enclosing envelope. It will be interesting to see if my watercolor entry arrives undamaged.
I’ve just digitally submitted my two entries for an art quilt exhibition with the lengthy title: Declaration of Sentiments 1848 — The Struggle Continues. This Studio Art Quilt Associates regional show, with the theme of women’s rights, will be a part of the AQS Show in Paducah, KY September 13 -16, 2017. After that, it will travel to other venues until August 2020. The exhibit is juried, so there is no guarantee my two submissions will be chosen from among many other hopeful artist’s entries. Whether they are accepted or not, I have throughly enjoyed the process of making my entries…the research, the problem-solving and the adrenaline rush of beating the entry deadline. Here are my artist’s statements and photos of the works:
Glass Ceiling – Women are not equally represented in positions of power in government or business. Pay inequity persists. Today’s young women must work assertively but peacefully to break the glass ceiling and take their places beside men in the workforce.
(detail) Glass Ceiling
(detail) Glass Ceiling
Claiming Power – It took courageous people and many years to claim the rights American women now enjoy. A large figure, representing all women, marches with historic figures who promoted women’s rights. Text from the Declaration of Sentiments conveys the main ideas.
(detail) Claiming Power
(detail) Claiming Power
Everything I Need
I thought I had Everything I Need ready to be mailed off to her debut showing. But, she was very slightly askew. Being a perfectionist, I want the quilt to hang perfectly straight. So I decided to block the quilt again. I put it in cool water in the bathtub, allowing it to rest submerged to absorb the water throughout all the layers. I drained the tub, folded and squeezed the quilt to get out excess water. I pinned the quilt to the freshly vacuumed rug in the living room with long quilter’s pins. I pulled and patted, using a carpenter’s square to assure all four corners were at 90 degrees. I aimed the overhead fan and a portable fan at the quilt and set them on high speed. Now I wait.
I will record a statement about the symbolism in this quilt for the audio tour of the show. I have the ship date on my calendar. I’ve bought pool noodles and investigated three possible shipping methods. If you want to see this quilt in person, she will be at the Sacred Threads Exhibition at the Floris United Methodist Church, 13600 Frying Pan Road, Herndon, VA 20171 from July 7th through July 23rd, 2017. (sacredthreadsquilts.com for details) She will also travel to other locations, but I’ll post more about that later.
I made my first fabric postcard today. It is done, in the envelope and addressed, ready to be sent to Sacred Threads Postcard Project. Fabric Postcards, expressing one’s greatest Hopes and Dreams, are to be sent anonymously to be displayed in the Floris United Methodist Church outside Washington D.C. July 7 through July 23 in conjunction with the Sacred Threads biennial Quilt Show. My wish, hope and prayer is for our national leaders to practice Wisdom, Compassion, Selflessness, Insight, Cooperation, Tolerance, Morality, Courage, and Humility. The postcard is 4″ x 6″.
I had only one month, and that month included holidays…but deadlines do motivate. The theme of the Ohio regional SAQA show, music, is a topic I would not otherwise choose. By working every available minute all month, I finished two art quilts two days before the show entry deadline and completed the online entry. I’ve posted the in-progress photos of “Soundwave – Beethoven’s Fifth”, which I made concurrently with “Sound & Silence”. Both are based on visual depictions of sound waves.
I had two days remaining and I had paid the entry fee to enter up to three projects. I did a small third piece from one of several sketches I had made when first exploring ideas for the show. It is based on notations for writing sheet music. I amazed myself by finishing in two days, the fastest I have ever completed a piece. It includes words, drawing and painting, which is typical of my work. Here are photos.
Soundwave – Beethoven’s Fifth
Sound & Silence
This is the pre-birth stage of an art quilt. The work began with a call for entries on the Studio Art Quilt associates website. The themed show, “Diversity in Music”, has an entry deadline only a month away. I began thinking and sketching. I made six sketches that had possibilities; a few others were discarded very quickly. This is comparable to fertilization…the combining of an idea with the possibilities of the medium. My medium is fabric and thread. I developed three sketches. With the deadline only a month away, I can finish one work, maybe two. So I’m continuing work on two ideas, which I will create simultaneously (fraternal twins?). My photo in this post is comparable to one of the blastocysts…the raw materials from which the fetus, infant, then finished work will grow.
The two works have titles, “Soundwave” and “Sound and Silence”. I’ve begun assembling sketches, reference photos and written ideas in a manila folder, which is low tech but more tactile. I must stop writing now to get back to making the art. In a quilter’s world, one month is a VERY short time.