I did love searching my special fabrics and matching them up with other fabrics that made sense to me. The glowy clamped piece suggested a butterfly to me and the side pieces made me think of the fluttering motion of their wings. I do love the way the variegated threads add to the tension in this piece.
I'm not really comfortable with the color red. I wear it, but designing with it is tough, so many reds to choose from and it is so terribly dominant! So I challenged myself to work with it. I am guessing that the fact that both of the main fabrics in this piece had a blueish green helped me use it - they almost screamed that they needed to be with each other.
One of my favorite places on this earth is Stone Quarry in Cazenovia, NY. I try to visit every year. Part of the draw to me is the discovery of the sculpture that you happen upon while you walk around the 200 acres. I never know what is just around the corner. Just like life!
I loved this fabric - the dark mysterious green against the yellow - the edge between the colors is mighty fine! All I had to add was add the "moon" fabric. This moon fabric started out as a garish yellow "innovative marble" that I made in an Elin Noble class. But I find the marble fabric really hard to use as-is. I clamped the fabric with circles and dipped it in dye a 2nd time - and the magic happened. NOW I know what to do with all my marbled fabric! Another friend bought this while I was at the artist retreat. I love it when friends "get" my work. Alas, I didn't get great shots before they went to their new homes. But I do love that the pieces got bought by friends - they will be loved and that makes it all so much better!
Yes indeed, there is nothing so satisfying as selling a piece - especially to a good friend that I only see occasionally - validation galore! She picked one of my favorites too! I have just returned from an artist retreat that I have been going to for over 25 years. It is a gift I give to myself every year. I basically unplug my phone and my computer and just immerse myself with art and design. I studied under Cynthia Corbin for the first week and Rosalie Dace the 2nd week. I highly recommend both of them. They are great teachers and very fun to hang out with. I soaked up everything they were willing to teach me, plus I learn so much from the other students in the class. If you ever get a chance to go to a retreat I highly recommend it - I go to Quilting by the Lake in Syracuse and I have learned so much there. I concentrated on making small works from my own hand-dyed fabrics. I found that the cloth was so luscious and interesting that all I had to do was find 2 or 3 pieces that created some kind of magic together and sew one or two seams. I had a blast!
I love to take photos of "junk". Looking through a camera's viewfinder I somehow am able to "see" what I wouldn't even look at if I was just passing by. The "rusty man" was found in a pile of junk and who knows what the turquoise wheel was originally.