Posts Tagged ‘Artwork’
I have five artwork in progress right now in my studio which is just the way I like it. Four of the artwork, including the detail of the one above, are definitely in the Boundary Waters family, but their working name is “Rock and Water.”
The fifth artwork is something I’m thinking about as I go. I’ve been walking a lot out at the prairie reserve and I am inspired by the sky and the dried grasses. This is just a detail of a pretty big painted piece that I cut up and stitched back together.It’s hard to tell, but it is completely stitched already in yellow variegated thread, but I’m thinking that this is just the base layer for this artwork. Thinking, thinking.
All of the above artworks stem from an experiment I tried when I painted in Nebraska. I painted several LARGE pieces of white cloth that I had pieced from chunks of different kinds of cotton and muslin. I love how the seams on top of the artwork (such as the one on the left above) add texture.
And, in other news, I am more or less just camping out with my sewing machine in my studio. Since the window behind my sewing table is shot, I’m going for a new double one. Unfortunately the first one ordered didn’t fit and, of course, I had cleaned everything out to avoid the dust and debris. Camping out is working though to really focus my efforts on stitching, so it’s pretty much a win-win.
The Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer has PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES from our wonderful Sponsors. Everyone who donates to the American Cancer Society through the event beginning January 15 will be entered in the drawings for these prizes.
But we will also be having some special challenges to help move the little red shoe around the track and reach our goal of $5000 to add to the $230,000 we have already donated to the ACS.
Read more about Gerrie Congdon’s Challenge here.
Tomme Fent inspired my personal challenge to you. Just ask your friends and family to sponsor your “running” of the Fiber 5K. You can collect the donations and make one donation during the event or ask them to donate through the Fiber 5K when the event opens. Either way, just let me know during the event that you have made this extra effort and you will be entered to win this artwork:
The Wisdom of Trees
Virginia A. Spiegel
Painted cotton fabric, digitally edited inkjet print of photo
by the artist on silk organza, thread, ink.
7×5″ mounted and matted to 10×8″
It’s the honor system for this challenge and don’t forget that the more you are able to donate the more chances you have to win prizes. See Details here.
More news coming soon about other special challenges. Thank you for your support of this Fiberart For A Cause event.
Want to know more about Fiberart For A Cause? FAQ
If you would have told me that I would EVER, ever, put a binding on any of my art quilts again, I would have laughed. And here I am sewing fourteen feet of double-fold binding on Boundary Waters 52. It just goes to show that you really shouldn’t say never.
I finished BW 52 (at least I think it is done – I painted a little bit on it since finishing stitching it and it may need just a touch more. See below!), squared it up and contemplated the multi-texture edge of the art quilt. There were single layers, double layers, triple layers of painted and dyed cotton fabric fabric; velvet; polyester; shredding duck cloth, . . . . Need I say more?
I taught myself quilt making by making 50+/- traditional quilts. I never followed a pattern, but I always put a double-fold binding on them. It is binding that will last and last and gives a very sturdy edge. But when I started painting my own fabric and making art quilts, I became committed to doing only that which fulfilled my vision. So bindings, why?
I like a fuzzy, wild edge. It’s FABRIC! I like to show that this is a medium that’s vibrant, textured, alive. I sometimes put a note in with one of my more shaggy art quilts going to a non-textile gallery: “Shredding and shedding are good.” I imagine that causes some eyebrows to be raised.
But I had to come down on the side of doing what I needed to do with Boundary Waters 52. If an edge is a distraction or will lead to the piece disintegrating or hanging incorrectly, then it just is not the right edge.
So I looked up the right width to cut fabric for a double-fold binding, cut some lovely blue-dyed fabric, seamed it, pressed it, sewed it on the front of the quilt, and miterrf those corners ever so beautifully. Then I very happily sat on my Blue Moo and stitched away by hand.
SPECIAL NOTES: Sorry I can’t show more of this artwork, but it is an entry that can’t be shown quite yet. Since I wrote this, I spent a lot of time and a lot of oil paint sticks covering just about every surface. Everything you see in the detail photo above is basically gone.
A reminder that I won’t be posting too often for a bit as I return (post-ToteTuesday) to my studio. If you want to know every month what I am up to in and out of the studio, send an e-mail to Virginia(at) VirginiaSpiegel.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. You will receive my free monthly e-newsletter.)
Yes, it’s that time of year when I take a break from the computer and dash about to various family events. And, OF COURSE, make time to go to the Boundary Waters with my sister in our 17.5 foot Kevlar canoe.
This is our thirteenth trip since 2003 and I am still excited to go and see what there is to see. I love everything about the Boundary Waters — the solitude, the partnership with my sister, sleeping in a tent, carrying everything we need for ten days on our backs, and paddling our lovely golden canoe. You never know if the days are going to be sunny and bright, dark and stormy, calm or windy, buggy or delightfully not. Or all of these in one day. I’m sure I will have some photos to share when I return.
In case you need your own Boundary Water fix, some places to visit include:
How I unexpectedly came to love the Boundary Waters (even with a Kleenex for a sleeping bag and a child’s PFD) here.
My sister and I after ten days out in September 2008 with photos of rock, wood, water.
The ultimate journal – our tent!
A wilderness “Andy Goldsworthy” photo challenge