Wow, it has been a very busy beginning for 2013. I am finishing up my online composition class with Lesley Riley. I have learned so much and I know I need to review the material again and again until it's all safely filed in my brain. That seems to be a longer process than it used to be. Things seem to fall through the cracks a lot easier than they used to and there are a lot more cracks, too.
I spent a great evening with the Silver Comet Stitchers in Dallas, GA last night. They were very gracious, treating me and my husband (who volunteered to ride shotgun for me since it was 80+ miles from home) to a great dinner before their meeting. There wasn't an empty space in the parking lot by the time we got started. I always enjoy sharing my work with people who have a real interest and they were all attentive and engaged. I love it when people ask questions because I never seem to get everything said, though I have a tendency to give "too much information" sometimes.
I decided to take some of my ice-dyed fabric to see if they would be interested and they loved it. I sold a good many pieces--and you know what that means--I need to make some more! Woohoo! There was one combination of colors that I tried this last time that was fantastic. It made me think of hot summertime, salsa, and Mexican music (reds, oranges, golden yellows, and some great greens). It's all gone today, so I will definitely be making another batch of that.
I am still working on my big piece that I promised to share my process with you. I'm making photos as I work and I will post them when it's all done. I had thought I would submit it for consideration for a SAQA exhibit, but there's no way I'm going to make the deadline. The application and photo has to be uploaded by Jan. 31st and it's just not going to happen. I should have tried something smaller and less complex, but, at the end of the day, it's what I wanted to do and I think that's more important than a deadline. One thing I've learned from Lesley's class is that you have to put yourself into your work. Otherwise, it's not going to have an authentic voice. You're just going through the motions, like an assembly line.
I have one last piece to make for Lesley's class. I will send her a photo and she will do a critique for me. I'm excited and nervous about that. I certainly want her feedback, but I do feel anxious that I'll do something sub-par. That's why I'm going to try and finish this piece I'm into now before I begin and I'll take my time and remember all the principles and elements of composition she's been teaching. There are some incredibly talented people in the class and they are not all fiber artists--some are painters in different mediums--lots of collage work, which has been new for me--and some mixed media people, who are doing all sorts of interesting things.
Next Monday evening I will do another Trunk Show for the Common Threads Quilt Guild in Newnan, GA. That's a lot closer to home, which is nice. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for stopping by.