Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A great show

Fibre Fling 7, the Out of the Box Artist Group's annual show was a success! There was actually a line-up on Friday morning to go in :-) How impressive is that? I worked at the show on Friday afternoon and it was quite busy.

In this post, I thought that I would show you a couple of my friends' pieces as well as my own. There weren't as many pieces on display this year but the quality and variety was wonderful. It was also nice that the art work was less crowded.

Gaia, Mother Earth

My two destination art pieces looked good together.
Reason & Passion really looked great against the black background.

Here are two pieces by my friend and past-colleague, Kathy Lajeunesse. She has been working with felting and is doing some great work. I love her piece "Just before the storm". Doesn't that sky look like a storm is brewing? The embroidered flowers in the foreground are really effective.

"Just before the storm" by Kathy Lajeunesse
Her other piece was "Connected Trees" which was inspired by the book "The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohlleben. 

"Connected Trees" by Kathy Lajeunesse
One of the pieces that really stood out for me was this collection of embroidered pieces by MaryAnne Toonders. It's called "Fifty two" and features, in theory, 52 weeks of embroidered pieces. I really love the movement and colours of her piece. I'm very happy to have met her during the show.
"Fifty two"  by MaryAnne Toonders
Here is a close-up of her stitching and fabric. Aren't those fabrics just yummy?
Close up of "Fifty two" by MaryAnne Toonders

I'm not very consistent with making labels for my quilts, but I usually get around to it, either before I give it away, or before a show. 

I love trying out new ways of making interesting labels. My go-to are 4" foundation pieced blocks from Quilting on the Square (see Related links). This is what I used for the Gaia, Mother Earth piece.
Foundation paper pieced label for Gaia, Mother Earth

For the Islas Canarias piece, I found some of the original backing fabric which just happens to have lines to keep my writing straight.
Label for Islas Canarias art quilt

For the Reason & Passion quilt, I wanted to incorporate a copy of Joyce Wieland's original quilt in the label. I didn't find the photo transfers that I originally did for this label. Thank goodness I had printed up an extra sheet of the picture (mirror image) so that I was able to make a couple of photo transfers for the label. There really is nothing to it except that it takes about 24 hours to dry. After that it was just a matter of framing it.
Photo transfer image of the original quilt by Joyce Wieland

Road sign for the show
What I learned

  • I really enjoyed participating in the Fibre Fling show.
  • Next year I'm going to have to volunteer early to help set up the show. It just wasn't the same this year since I wasn't able to help set up.
  • It looks like we may have another show coming up. They will be discussing this at next week's meeting. Looking forward to that. It's so rewarding to actually have pieces in a live show. Let's face it, pictures, no matter how good, never quite do a fibre piece justice.
  • I'm always inspired by looking at fibre art by other artists.
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  1. I'm the same way with labels. Definitely my least favorite part of quilting!

  2. Agreed, nothing like seeing quilts in person. Looks like a fantastic show! Hope you get lots of good feedback

    1. It really was a great show and everyone got amazing feedback. We had over 900 people attend in just 2 days. Pretty wild!

  3. It looks like a great show! Reason and Passion looks wonderful and I also like the embroidered piece.

  4. Magnifique spectacle et belle diversité Bravo


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