Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Long time no see!

And lots to catch up on too. I'm going into my second month in studio space at the MS Craft Center and it's absolutely wonderful. I have the best view from my 'office' window anyone could ever ask for. My fear of hitting a mental block hasn't materialized so far, and it's a wonderful experience to be around other artists to bounce ideas off of.
A few weeks ago I got an email asking me to be one of 15 local artists who have been invited to decorate a heart for the American Cancer Society's silent auction during the Heart and Soul Gala. I gladly accepted and immediately began trying to think of something to do with it. I knew I wanted it mounted on a quilt but I wasn't sure about the size or weight of it until after I actually had it in my hands. They are specially designed unfinished porcelain hearts and only 15 were poured. To be honest, I made 3 iterations of it before going back to my original design. I had initially resisted that one because it meant I had to paint the heart black and I wasn't sure how well that would go over, but I am happy with the result, especially after learning that only 2 of us had done anything with the heart besides just painting them. Ann (my studio mate) caged hers in some of her wire work and mine is mounted on an art quilt. As far as I know, ours are the only ones that hang. I have been assured they will figure out some way to hang them for the auction though, and not just have them lying on the table. The picture I took is of it lying on the table but that's because I forgot to get a picture of it before I delivered it. I frequently forget to take pictures of my work, and even had to run down to the gallery the other day to get photos of the stuff I have hanging there.

Our 3-woman show is still on for June and July at the Craft Center although I've done less than nothing as far as producing work for it. I'm still waiting on inspiration to strike, and if that doesn't happen I have no idea what I'll do, but one thing I'm sure of is that there will be SOMETHING hanging on the walls! I keep thinking if I can just get past this week I'll have the time (and room in my brain) to really think it through and get stuff made. I'm still leaning towards the rust stuff but that's about as far as I've gotten with the thought process. Good thing I work so fast!
The heart itself is about 7" wide. I forgot to measure the finished art quilt though. Maybe 24' wide?

1 comment:

Karoda said...

great to see a post from you! you will have to share pics of your new work space!

the quilt is dynamic and energized!