Monday, March 31, 2008
Fiber Art Community, By the Inch
Thanks to all your encouragement, I stuck with my inchie quilt. The other ideas just didn't come together. I created the background for the quilt with silver painted fabric and gold metallic thread for quilting in honor of the song "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other's gold." The inchies I received from a swap at FiberArtBits last summer, with a couple Christmas inchies thrown it to fill out the grid. The artists that I exchanged with are Kate North, Gill Boughton, Gretchen L Van Nostvand, Gwyneth Green, Emily Randall, Steph Winn, Barb Hill, Priscilla Stultz, Ella More, Lorraine Strohkirch, and Diana Becka. I also added a few of my own inchies that I traded. The swirling, spiralling quilting lines are for the chaos of each of our lives, while the grid is the touch of structure that ties each of our lives together, our passion for fiber art. I am so grateful for the community of artists that I have meet on the Internet through Twelve by Twelve, blogging, and exchanges. The supportive environment has helped me to grow so much as an artist and gain confidence in my work.
I was really surprised at how hard this challenge has been. I was plagued by distractions and other obligations, along with inspiration that I just didn't have the skill to carry out. In so many ways, I think, this has been symbolic of my life operating in a community. My life becomes overburdened by the urgent within our family and the important tasks of reaching out in community are put on the back burner. At other times I have grand desires of working toward making a difference in the community, but don't have the knowledge and skills bring them to fruition. This challenge has been an eye opener for me to learn about myself.