Every now and then we meet people who change our lives. For me, Anna Hergert is one of those people. I knew her textile art before I knew her. I’m so grateful that I’ve had the chance to learn from her and have her as a friend and mentor.
I am constantly reminded about how many wonderful people I have met along the way over the many years of facilitating workshops and sharing knowledge. Kristi Farrier is a friend I met ten years ago. She participated in a one-day workshop during a retreat in Alberta just prior to us moving to Saskatchewan.
We connected, stayed in touch via email for a little while and then we both got busy with life and work until 2013. In January Kristi sent an email sharing that she was registered for my workshop in Italy. Exciting news… and a new beginning! We have stayed in touch ever since and Kristi has been a loyal participant and supporter of my annual event, Art Quilt Campus.
Kristi kindly agreed to share a little about herself and her creative process. Enjoy her story!
A Creative Life: By Happenstance or Design? By Kristi Farrier
…is the title of my art piece that will be part of the 2017 Art Hits the Wall “Under the Influence” show . The show will hang at the Hooked Rug Museum of North America in Hubbards, Nova Scotia from mid-May to mid-October 2017 with additional venues to be announced.
Title:When March Dreams of July
Designed and created by: Kristi Farrier
Completed: March 25, 2017
Artist Statement: Early March, the sky is clear and I stand outside, high on a snow bank. I close my eyes with the late winter sun shining strong on my face and feel the influence of the heat take me, just for a moment, to a hot July day and the swirling colors of summer. Fractured light and geometric shapes in the piece are inspired by the art work of Lyonel Feininger.
Size: 19” wide x 26 ½” high
Techniques: free cut, raw edge piecing with fusible web; oil paint sticks; machine stitching
I’ve been working on some small pieces over the past few weeks. Here’s a look.
The piece on the left entitled Testing the Water #1 is the 6″ x 8″ piece I’ve contributed to the SAQA Spotlight Auction that will be held during the SAQA Convention in Lincoln, Nebraska at the end of April 2017. Go here for more about the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).
The piece on the right entitled Three Fridays Intersect is a 7″ x 10″ piece that will be part of the SAQA-Atlantic 2017 Trunk Show to travel throughout the Atlantic region in the coming months.
Last but not least is something in a more traditional vein. Below is the 10″ x 10″ block I have contributed to the group quilt being made by the Celtic Quilt Guild in celebration of Canada 150 – the sesquicentennial. (How could I resist a chance to use that word!) The quilt will be made up of original designed blocks featuring each province and territory. My block represents Manitoba. I have attempted to capture the wheat fields, the water, the hills and the unique Red River cart that played a significant role in land transportation in the area that eventually became Manitoba. The background of the block is hand appliqued. The cart is machine stitched and the cattails are embroidered and embellished with wool needle felting for the fuzzy tops. A fun project!
I’ve been away. Away from my blog for ages but as I write, I am thinking about all the things that have happened since my last post almost six months to the day today. So many wonderful things and changes over these months of transition.
One of those things was meeting an incredible group of textile artists who make up, along with others, the Studio Art Quilt Associates – Atlantic Region (SAQA-Atlantic). These artists are amazingly talented and dynamic so I was very honored, excited, and a tad nervous to be honest, when I was asked to be featured in an artist interview for the SAQA-Atlantic blog.
It turned out to be a great and interesting experience which forced me to articulate whys and hows about the textile art I create – not something I’d spent a lot of timing thinking about before. The interview turned out wonderfully thanks to Susan Lilley who expertly edited the piece. I hope you enjoy reading Introducing…Kristi Farrier and continue to watch my blog for more on my textile art now that I’m back.
“We make the road by walking”…I tried to find the originator of this saying and found references to a Spanish poet by the name of Antonio Machado. I believe whoever said it was right. It also goes well with Lao Tzu’s message that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. So let’s go. Let’s go forward.