It has been a while since I posted on my blog. I can only say life has been busy mostly with creating some fiber art. The piece below is called, "She Just Wanted to Blend In". You can click on the picture to get a close view of her face and hair. This piece was made for possible selection in the Art in Fiber 2011 show at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, TX. I think she needs a personal name but I haven't settled on one yet. When I look at her the thought comes to mind that she just wants to blend into life, other people, what? That is why her dress and figure nearly blends into the background. But, bless her heart, as hard as she tries she can't because of that wild red hair. Maybe it will take her a long time to realize that what prevents her from blending in is the very thing that makes her unique. The PFD fabric was hand painted using Setacolor paints, watercolor pencils and gel pens. The hair is a discharged bleached batik that has been enhanced with gel pens and embroidered yarns and threads.
See my last post for details on the Art in Fiber 2011 show and the Copper Shade Tree Gallery.
I was thrilled to be one of 24 fiber artist to be juried into the Art in Fiber 2011 show at The Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, Texas. Ginny Eckley was the juror. For the interpretation pieces the 24 artists were divided into 3 groups. One group was given a music CD, another group a poem and my group was given a 3D piece of artwork to interpret in fiber art. The piece below is my interpretation of Gerald Tobola's metal artwork, "Forest Floor". You can click on the photo to get a close view of the details. Can you find the tiny little forest gnomes hiding under the leaves? Because I love all things whimsical and magic I tried to add those elements in this piece. You have to look closely. Sorry if there is glare from my camera (operator error?). Santa has promised me a new camera for Christmas. Each fiber artists will have other pieces in the show made specifically for Art in Fiber 2011.
If you have never been to a fiber show at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery you are missing a opportunity to see fiber art created specifically for this show by fiber artists from across the state of Texas. The show runs Feb. 4--March 12. The opening reception is always a lively gathering where you can meet the artists. Gerald and Debbie Tobola, owners and artists, fill their gallery with art that is all handmade by Texas artisans. Even if you have never been there Gerald and Debbie will greet you like a welcome friend. That was my experience. Check out their website on the link above. Hope we will see you at the show.
I am a Texas native who grew up watching my grandmother crochet, knit and tat. She would save string from the tops of feed and flour sacks and make beautiful bedspreads and tablecloths from it. I find inspiration is the least expected places. Sometime in the textile itself, it's texture or color. A poignant saying, a found object or story can spark my imagination and creativity. I attempt to express a particular feeling or message in my fiber art, blending, coaxing and manipulating the fiber, yarns and threads into something that is unique for me. I use new surface design techniques with traditional methods working with commercial fabrics as well as my own hand dyed and hand painted fabrics. My art has been shown at Fiber Artspace at Blue Star Art Complex,San Antonio,TX, also at Fiber Arts Fiesta, Albuquerque, NM, at Fiber Artists of San Antonio annual show Nord Gallery, San Antonio,TX, and 1550 Gallery, Kerrville, TX., Kerr Arts and Cultural Center membership show, Kerrville, TX, and KACC invitational fiber arts show, The Softer Side of Art.