My husband and I just returned from installing some of my pieces at the Upstate Artists Guild on Lark Street in Albany for their upcoming exhibit, "Loose Threads: A Fiber Art National Show." I am honored to be the featured artist at this show, which means: (1) my quilts are displayed in a room of their own, and (2) I will be asked to say a few words about my work during Albany's First Friday celebration on April 3, between 6 and 9 PM. Having taught high school students for 25 years, I should be very accustomed to public speaking without developing sweaty palms, but I always get butterflies when I do something like this, and I've finally realized the reason for my anxiety (my "Aha!" moment): It's because the audience at an event such as this one will actually be listening to what I say. . .
I finished several new pieces for the show, one of which is "Wallflowers: #5," pictured above; I posted a sneak preview of this quilt on March 15, and here's the final version. There is nothing happier to me than a yellow flower in full bloom, so I began with a beautiful piece of Judy Robertson's hand-dyed fabric as my background and filled it to the margins with yellow petals. Since I don't have much of a green thumb, this is the closest I could come to growing one of Mother Nature's beauties without over-watering it.
I hope you'll stop in to see the show; please check future posts for more information and more previews of the works on display.