Good friends are like shooting stars....You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.
When Terry announced this theme, I just knew that I had to do the twelve of us, a remarkable group of artists from around the world. When Diane asked me to be part of this group, I had no idea that I would garner a close group of virtual friends that I love and admire. After 12 challenges, we know a lot about each other. We collaborate well. We work out our differences in a most civilized manner. What can I say, but, I love you all.
I wanted to do 12 little Picasso style portraits of each of us. Life got in my way. I realized that would never happen, this time around. I started thinking of other ways to put us into my art and came up with the idea of a thermofax screen for each person.
Now, I have to ask your permission to use your photo. As there are 3 attorneys among us, I hope I am not in trouble. Anyway, I found photos of the 11 of you and photoshopped them to create black and white images. I will share on my personal blog the mess I created in doing this.
I screened images on to a rainbow of fabrics and cut each into a block and pieced them together. I decided to do some seed stitching around each image and just took a few stitches to tack the faces in place. Here is a detail:
Working on this made me happy because I love the friendship that I have with each of you.
We are twelve quilt artists who embarked on an art challenge together. We're from different places throughout the world and our artistic styles vary, but we share a love of art quilting and a desire to play, experiment, learn, and grow.
For four years (2007-2011), we each made a 12x12 inch quilted art piece on a designated theme or palette. See our Theme Series and our Colorplay series.
For the 2012 Series, we changed things a bit and made rectangular pieces, 20x12 inches with roughly 10 weeks between each challenge. As before, we had a designated theme for each challenge.
We shared our process, progress, and results on this blog. It remains a key record of our rich collaboration.