Our powerpoint and demo for the cancer patients takes place on April 7th. We're going to speak about the healing power of art, as well as show pieces of our fiber art and let the attendees dabble in mixed media on fabric. My artsy comfort pillows with healing imagery will be done, and there will be one for each person. Christi and I went to the Porter ahead of time to plan a little and to view the FRCQ show which had just been hung. We were impressed with the beautiful well-lit space, and the wall of poster-type signage created to enhance our show, which filled an entire room! The Porter has some beautiful outdoor rooms with gardens, water features, and sunny sitting areas. We had a great meeting!
I can't wait to see it - it's in the April/May issue of Quilting Arts. Here's a link to their website for now: http://www.interweavestore.com/quilting/quilting-magazines/quilting-magazines-quilting-arts
I'm doing this in an assembly line manner, since there are so many to finish. (I really took my sweet time making the pillow tops, and there were sixteen of them). Now I'm cutting the backs from unbleached muslin, sewing around the edges but leaving a four inch opening and stuffing the insides. The stitching to close the opening is done on my machine. I'm getting quicker at this, so each pillow takes maybe ten or fifteen minutes to finish! I'll have these ready in plenty of time for the cancer survivors group workshop coming up at Porter Centura hospital in early April.
I only found out about this a week ago - but I really wanted to do an entry. This is a show at a local arts center which has music venues, and the theme of the show is irresistible to me: spirituality! I have in mind to do a diptych and mount it on two canvases, since this isn't a fiber art show, but a regular art show in all media. I'm using thermofax screens and other bits and pieces I already have, so hopefully I'll get it done enough to send in a photo day after tomorrow. I still need to do some hand stitching and some free motion quilting. It's a good chance to use my new Janome HD1000 - I have it set up for free motion quilting, and I'm really trying to build my skills.
I've written an article for the April/May issue of QA magazine (my favorite magazine of all time). It's an explanation and demo for using T-shirt transfer paper as a method to put sensitive, detailed drawings onto fabric. Expect it at the end of March. Kristine from the editorial staff has told me it's going to be quite a beautiful issue! I'm pleased and thrilled to be a part of it.:)
Ten down, about six to go. I'm using surface design techniques like spray dying, applique, stenciling with acrylic paint, and T-shirt transfers. For a healing influence, it seems like a no-brainer to use bright colors and happy nature images. I'm loving this project, because each pillow is a lot simpler and less involved than creating a large wall hanging. I'm not quilting the pillow tops due to the time factor, but am adding pretty top stitching at the seams.
I used a plastic mandala stencil with paste discharge on a small sponge - I got the discharge from Dharma Trading (the kind you let dry, then iron). I should have used a lighter hand with it, because the fabric got soaked and lost detail. The paste is very wet. Lesson learned! The second sample is discharge sprayed through lace, using a light hand. I'm not trying for perfection here, just a soft, subtle texture. This one I really loved, and I'll use the fabric in my pillow project. More on that soon.:)
So far, I'm spreading out piles of fabric scraps leftover from projects. The idea is to piece together pillow tops roughly the same size - about 15 of them. I also will add some transferred images with words, small mandalas, birds, and other healing elements. The first pillow I did as a sample has decorative top stitching at the seams, which I really like as a finishing touch, so I'll add some to each of the pillows. More later as I peck my way to my goal!
I was asked by the Jude Kellor, the healing arts director for Centura hospitals in the Denver area, to speak to a cancer survivors group at Porter Hospital in Littleton. I was honored to be asked, along with three other artists who were also juried into the Creation fiber art exhibit at Parker Centura. I decided not only to speak to the group about the healing power of art, but to do a workshop with them along with fellow artist Christi Beckmann. Some of the ideas we're throwing around are: fabric journals and pillows with healing imagery and words. As I create some pillows to bring, the ideas are coming in droves!! Here's the first pillow - I need to add a healing quote of some kind before I put the stuffing in and finish it.