Monday, September 20, 2010

What's Happenin'?

Color My World   55" x 55" © 2008 Diane Evans
I’m very fortunate to be participating in some wonderful fiber art exhibits during the next few months – hope you can drop in and visit.
First up is an exhibit at the Adirondack Fabric & Fiber Arts Festival, which is an annual event at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.  A number of artists will be showing their skills in such areas as spinning, weaving, knitting, and quilting, and members of ARTAA will be there to discuss a number of techniques in the creation of wall art.
A special themed exhibit by ARTAA members entitled “Flight” will be one of the features of the show, along with other works created by the women of this group, including the piece pictured above.  For a sneak peek of some of the pieces on display, check the ARTAA blog here.  (I’ll be posting pictures of my entry . . . just as soon as I finish it . . . which will be soon . . . honestly . . .)
Join in this “celebration of traditional and contemporary fiber arts” at the museum on Saturday, September 25, from 10 AM until 5 PM.  For more information on the demonstrations and displays during the day, click here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds   11" x 14"   Diane Evans  2010
I realized recently, as I was stitching swirls and feathers into a small wall quilt, that my machine quilting reminds me a little of my own hair, the difference being that I have more control over the machine quilting.  So when I saw a sketch by artist Traci Bautista in the book, “Creative Time and Space,” by RicĂ« Freeman-Zachery, I was inspired to create (with Traci’s permission) a small portrait where machine quilting motifs became the subject’s tresses.
Parts of both Lucy’s eye and mouth were drawn with Tsukineko ink pens; the rest of the design was stitched with 40-weight rayon thread.  I felt she needed a little bling, so I added French knots, using silver metallic thread.  The title came easily, since the silver threads sparkled like diamonds in her hair.
The piece was mounted on fiber core inside a mat board; I couched blue Perle Cotton around the perimeter of the design so that it would show just inside the opening of the mat.
Lucy was a joy to create from start to finish.  If only my hair could look like hers . . .



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