This week I am delighted to be participating in the Around the World Blog Hop. I was invited by Deborah Lynn Stanley and you can read her blog hop post here. The theme of the hop is to answer some questions about our creative process. I found it a great opportunity to stop and consider my own artistic journey so here goes!
What am I working on?
I have been working on art quilts for about seven years. Late last year I began to study hand stitching with Karen Ruane. I am currently taking a class entitled Simply Stitch 5 with Karen. It is a free form class via the internet where the student is a ‘fly on the wall’ in Karen’s studio while she works. You have a choice of working on what Karen is working on or doing your own thing with feedback from Karen and other students. We use Flickr for posting photos of our process and receiving comments. I have found that this approach to learning works wonderfully for me. I travel back and forth between upstate New York and Spokane Washington regularly so I need a flexible learning arrangement.
As part of Karen’s class, I have just started to create a cloth that will be comprised of men’s handkerchiefs embellished with feminine touches. I have just finished my first ‘block’ which added lace trim and french knots to a blue handkerchief. I love the color combination and the feel of working with these fibers and am going to be really curious to see how this develops as I embellish more handkerchiefs!
I always have an art quilt in process and have been working on a piece on deforestation for an upcoming Call for Entry. I don’t usually work on pieces for specific Calls but this was a topic that interested me and so I used the Call as an opportunity to make a statement through my art. Here is a peak at one of the ‘ghost trees’ that I have designed to wander through a devastated landscape. I have hand stitched mulberry paper backed with roving onto a hand dyed organza background.
How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Hmmm. My art quilts are reaching out more and more beyond the use of cloth fibers to get the effect I need. For example, in my art quilt, Roots, I use wire for the fencing near the cottage.
Why Do I Create What I Do?
That is simple: – to make a statement. It may be about something I observe in the world. Often, I am capturing a moment in time either from my travels or my life that had significance to me. I hope that my art will touch others and invoke emotion in them. My art is my means of reaching out and communicating with others.
A trip to Antarctica a few years ago is a great example of how my travels have inspired my work. I was deeply touched by the beauty of ice in that intriguing world. To date, I have created a number of art quilts out of my Antarctic experience and I am sure more will surface. Journey is a good example and you can find others here on my website.
How Does My Wriitng/Creating Process Work?
Ideas for my art often come during meditation. I also take a lot of photographs as I travel. Something in a photo will capture my attention – it may be the light, certain shapes, or the overall essence of a particular place. Over time, I get a clearer image in my mind of what a particular piece might look like. From there I will either begin sketching with an idea of creating an art quilt from unique fibers, or I may decide to play with a photographic image in Photoshop with a goal of printing the image on cloth for stitching.
At some point along the way, the art work itself ‘takes over’ the creative process. I listen to it as I work and follow the direction it dictates. Sounds crazy but if I don’t listen, I grow intensely dissatisfied with the piece.
Linking to Talented Friends
As part of the hop, I get to invite some friends to join in next week. The three who will be posting next week are:
Jeanne Marklin – Jeanne and I both have a passion for travel. We attended SAQA’s annual conference in 2013 together and I quickly appreciated the depth of her knowledge of the fiber art world. Her art quilts are stunning and she is masterful dyer. Be sure to check out her blog and her website today and again next week.
Diane Miller – Diane and I are members of RAFA, Rochester Area Fiber Artists. She is constantly exploring and creating amazing art quilts and jewelry. You can see examples on her blog.
Regina Dunn – Regina and I met over the internet as we participated in SAQA’s Vision Project. I love Regina’s enthusiasm to explore new methods and her talent to in writing about her process on her blog. She will be writing a post for the hop next week. In the meantime, you can see some of her work on her website.
More Blogs to Discover
There have been many exciting participants in the hop in the past weeks. Here are links to a few so you can enjoy learning about them:
- Chris Staver: http://chrissquiltinguniverse.blogspot.com/2014/09/around-world-blog-hop-monday-september.html
- Sheila Mahanke Barnes: http://idahobeautyquilts.blogspot.com/
- Institches by Bonnie: http://institcheswithbonnie.blogspot.com/2014/09/design-wall-monday-9-8-2014.html
- Valerie Reynolds – Quilting Studio: http://myplvl.blogspot.com/2014/07/around-world-blog-hop.html
- Marianne Jeffrey: http://adventurousquilter.blogspot.ca/2014/07/around-world-blog-hop.html
- Judy – Quilt Paradigm: http://quiltparadigm.blogspot.com/
- Esther – I Patch and Quilt: http://ipatchandquilt.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/around-the-world-blog-hop/
- Dorien – Made by Do: http://madebydo.blogspot.nl/2014/08/theres-blog-hop-going-round.html
- Flowermouse: http://flowermouse.blogspot.nl/2014/08/invite-to-colors.html
- Stel: http://haak-en-stekie.blogspot.nl/2014/08/blog-hopping-in-mzansi.html
- Tina Craig: http://seaside-stitches.blogspot.com/2014/08/around-world-blog-hop.html
- Debbie: http://aquilterstable.blogspot.com/2014/08/around-world.html
- Kirsten: http://gemini-stitches.blogspot.com/2014/08/round-world-blog-hop.htm
I hope that you all enjoy this opportunity to explore what all these amazing artists are accomplishing.