Friday, March 11, 2011

Book Release Celebration!
Introducing Chapter 10: Identity and Terri

Today marks Day Ten of our giveaway to celebrate the publication of our book Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt ChallengeFor a chance to win a copy of our book, just leave us a comment with your answer to our questions. Feel free to play every day! At the end of the twelve days, one lucky winner will be randomly selected. Please be sure we have a way to contact you if you are chosen to win a book. The book drawing is closed.  Stay tuned for the winner details.
Twelve by Terri

Hi everyone!  Terri here.  My chapter is about the theme Identity chosen by Helen.  This theme challenged us to think about who we are, our relationship to those around us, our contributions to society, and much more.  What identifies us?  What identifies you?  For my Identity quilt, I chose to portray the prominent roles I play on a day-to-day basis.  I started making a list and my key words (mother, daughter, wife, sister, teacher, cook, artist, quilter, friend) found their way onto my quilt.  These words are sewn into the spikes of hair.  The crazy sort of character on my quilt portrays how we can become overwhelmed at times trying to play many roles at one time.


When I think back to when I was asked to join this group, I remember that I contemplated not joining.  I thought that perhaps I wouldn't have the time for it and I wasn't sure it was something I wanted to do.  Luckily I decided to join and I've never regretted it.

If you could join a group like this, would you? If so, what appeals to you? 

PS: Check out the Friends of Twelve by Twelve in the sidebar.  If you have been inspired by Twelve by Twelve and have formed an online group, let us know if you would like your group to be added to this listing.

38 comments:

nicolette said...

Love your identity post!

If I would join a group like twelvebytwelve? Oh yes, I would love to.
What appeals to me is the challenge to think outside the box (though it may be scary at first) and translate themes into fibers.

Sharon said...

Hi Terri I remember when you joined up with a few ladies oh a few years ago now and I am so glad you did. You are a wonderful designer. But yes I would join and the reason would be that I would love to know that all these crazy fun ideas in my head I would be able to learn how to put them out there for others to enjoy to. Take care....

lag123 said...
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lag123 said...

Yes, definitely! I love to be inspired by others.

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Annick said...

I would love to join a group like yours where there is strong camaraderie, encouragement and support as well as permission to be yourself in your creativity. I also admire the discipline and dedication of all your members for sticking to the rules and time lines. This is the very best challenge group that I have found to follow and root for.
Congratulation on your beautiful publication. I hope to be able to bring my book (as soon as I order a copy or ...win one) to Houston and have it signed by some of you.

Annick

cclothier said...

I would definately enjoy joining a group like this. It would be challenging, enlightening, and a joy to meet creative friends outside of my usual circle.

Connie Rose said...

Well, I'm in one, but it's never felt as cohesive as 12x12 seems to be.

Createology said...

Terri you really put a lot of thought and work into this 12x12. I love your identity and how you honor the possibility of becoming overwhelmed with it all. I probably would not join a group only because I don't quilt. Maybe winning this book will help me begin quilting. Thank you for always openly sharing.

Anonymous said...

Yes I would. I am at a stage in my life that I am up for lots of challenges in many areas of my life. To have support and encouragement from a group like this would be wonderful to help me out of my comfort zone
Marsha in Va Beach

John said...

I would love to find a group similar to what 12x12 has put together. Supportive, creative, seemingly cohesive - It would really help me push myself to think outside of the many boxes in my head : ) Being around creative people or looking at creative work really inspires - then one thing leads to another - what fun! Thanks to all of you for sharing your process. Aloha!

RobbinNeff said...

Creativity! Motivation, inspiration, evolution, all of it.

Jeannie said...

Your group is so unique and so caring of each other. I have seen other similiar groups form, but none seem to have the joy in each other's successes as this one. That said, I would try again with a new group. I believe challenges are an excellent way to grow artistically. The parameters are vague enough to allow creative independence, but yet allow for thinking outside the box. Thanks for such a thought provoking post. Have a great weekend Twelves!

Dotti said...

I love watching groups such as the 12s evolve. I don't know that I would be a good member...I am definitely a good watcher though!

gill said...

Everything is so much more fun in a group of like-minded people!
I enjoy sharing ideas and inspiration and spending time together

Bev said...

I am a member of a local group and we are working on our second challenge. I am finding the theme difficult and it has been good for me to extend my thinking and work outside my comfort zone. I am thrilled with this opportunity to extend myself, learn new techniques and enjoy the collective enthusiasm of such talented women.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Yes, I would and did last year with the "Interpret This" Group. I liked the discipline of it and how each month it forces you to work outside of the box that you sometimes put yourself in.

JB said...

I would like to join this type of group. The friendly support and pursuit of common goals and interests is something many of us who have left the traditional quilting world miss.

Ruth said...

I was inspired by 12X12 and I even tried to get a group started. It did run for a little while, but sadly didn't take off.
I would like to have a group of artists from different media all working on the same themes. I think that would give a really exciting mix.

Diane said...

You know, for everyone here who has commented that you'd like to be part of a group like ours, here you have a bunch of people who are also interested! If any one of you is interested in getting it going, you could contact the others who've commented here and see what sort of challenges you might like! (All it takes is one of you willing to send out that first email -- that's all I did, and look where WE got!)

Beverly said...

I was in the same group as Barbara last year, 'Interpret This.' It was a good experience, pushing me in directions I probably wouldn't have gone on my own. I'd definitely recommend it!

CarolynPhi said...

Hi Terri:

Not only would I, I did!!!

We are "The Baker's Dozen," a group of thirteen women who came together in the Spring of 2010, after our esteemed leader, Thearica Burroughs, came across your Twelve by Twelve blog, and was so impressed that she thought that we should do the same thing!

We have been together nearly a year now, and are having a wonderful time.

Thank you for your continued inspiration,

Carolyn in SoCal

upstateLisa said...

I would love to be part of such a group. I love to be challenged to try new things. I have been part of a couple of groups and sometimes I groan about how I will live up to the particular quilter's selection, but it pushes me out of my zone and in the end, it is very worthwhile!

Janet said...

I am part of a new small group but we have only done one quilt so far and have not had real deadlines. I love the idea of making small quilts using new techniques or colorways that I would not normally pick.

wlstarn said...

I love the creativity of your group, and the diversity. And your group seems to manage deadlines very well, which is difficult for many of us.

Vicki said...

Most Definitely Yes. The opportunity to work with other fibre artists and learn from them would be just too irresistible to refuse. Groups like this are important to the art community as a whole, they provide impetus, new ideas and directions and most importantly mentorship and fellowship

Jay and Angela said...

Yes. I'm new to quilting and just found your blog, it is great. A small group like this would be a blast and a great way to learn.

Gina said...

Yes I would join. I think the two most appealing aspects is the inspiration from others and the 'push' it would give me. I often need the commitment to be sure I get my creation made on time, otherwise the time is often not found.

Exuberant Color said...

It is good to have deadlines, and I have been in a group (non-blogging) before. Different times in our lives are better for challenges than others.

deb said...

Like Carolyn - not only would I, I did.!
Inspired by Brenda (who taught at our quilt camp last year) a group of Aussies and NZ'ers have started up our own group 'Stitching Across the Ditch 12'. We are having a lot of fun and learning a lot of new skills (especially on the computer!)
Deb

Brenda Gael Smith said...

Thanks Deb! I've added Stitching Across the Ditch 12 to the Friends of Twelve by Twelve listing in the sidebar.

Renate said...

Of course I would join a group like this. What appeals to me is knowing that I could watch others struggle with a theme or colour and know that my ideas and mishaps are a part of the creative process just like others. Constructive critiques that would help me grow in my skills I would also find appealing.

What Comes Next? said...

I'd love to join such a group! I love to challenge myself and to try out new techniques and ideas. A group like this would be wonderful! (time might be an issue though)

magsramsay said...

12 seems like a good size for a group to remain focused and cohesive and it's obvious you care for each other and provide suppot and feedback. I'd love to be involved in something similar, I like a challenge and working to a deadline.

oregonjudy said...

I love being pushed by a group. It seems to motivate me in a way that I can't do by myself.

Beth said...

Oh, yeah. I think I'd really benefit from the impetus to complete projects on schedule. In fact, several of us have made plans to come together as a group in a few years, when the demands of home and small children aren't so great. In the meantime, I'm gathering ideas and inspiration.

Lindi said...

I would love to be a part of a group that inspires, supports, and challenges its participants the way you ladies have done!

linda said...

Yes I would like to part of a group like this - it extends the members as well as giving support, feedback, motivation & inspiration. I already participate in 3 Creative Studios journal quilt flickr group and the Aust/NZ art quilters Yahoo G. journal quilt challenge but I think a smaller group like yours has lots of advantages.

Anonymous said...

I love to participate in challenges because I like to extend my knowledge of art techniques, and I seem to perform better, solve problems etc if I have a deadline.
Denise
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