One of the challenges of having a blog is – well, obviously – maintaining it. And my emotions and motivations vary so much that, although I have good intentions, at the end of the day it’s a choice for me: write on my blog or read my current book. And most often, I choose the book.
The weekend of May 9 and 10 I was busy with my annual show for the Cambridge Arts Council. I was in a common venue with a small group of creative artists: two paper collage artists, one photographer, and one young man with autism who paints.
Talking with these young people was an added benefit. Since I don’t completely identify with the label “artist”, these young artists convinced me that I am. And I can own that!
In my sewing and art-making, I have started in a new direction. The black and white print behind me that is full of glare? That’s a photo transferred to a vintage handkerchief, and quilted onto black and red fabrics. Here’s a photo of it without the glass.
The photo is of my younger daughter walking on local railroad tracks, another gorgeous photo taken by my very talented sister. I happened upon this technique almost by chance. More about that later.
So I spent a couple of evenings, quite relaxed, completing the new baby quilt for my niece and her wife. However, the soon-to-be big sister, Billie, grabbed it to play with. I hope she knows it’s for her sibling; she has one I made.
Sometimes I love working on a planned piece, such as the above. But in the last few days, I have been experimenting with photos-to-fabric methods. Once again, this is improvisation, since I do not have a particular piece planned. I am hoping that as I play with this, some new artful ideas will emerge.
And finally, another fabulous photo taken by my sister Marian Gurry Stanton (google her and see what she can do with a camera) transferred to fabric.
I promise to try to blog more often!