My first day at Art Quilt Campus (AQC) 2017 was as bright as the morning sun promised it would be. I’m attending a week early this year so have had the pleasure of meeting a new group of artists and seeing their work. Amazing sums it up. The people are wonderful and their work is innovative, exciting and inspiring.
This being my fourth year attending AQC, it all feels so comfortable and everything runs like a well oiled machine thanks to Anna’s close attention to the details of hosting and leading the week long fest of creativity. The personal touches make all the difference.
I am in the midst of beginning several new pieces, most of which are still in the design phase. It’s hard to choose which one to work on first so I ‘ll work on several at the same time so I can switch back and forth between pieces when I get stuck or just need a change of scenery.
Here’s a glimpse of a fabric audition for a pieces that will employ my hand dyed fabrics. I’m still deciding on the final cast of characters.
After all our hard work yesterday we reconvened after dinner for the chance to show a piece we’ve each created over the past year and to share techniques, challenges and solutions, and other insights into creating with fabric and fibre. It was wonderful to fall asleep last night with those beautiful images dancing in my head.
I’m often amazed at the creativity and thoughtfulness of my friends. Late last Fall my friend D. shared a birthday surprise she was planning for her friend A. who is celebrating 50 years today. My friend D. arranged for 50 of her own friends and family to send a birthday card to A. from various locations near and far.
Although I don’t know A., I happily and eagerly agreed to be among the co-conspirators and decided I would make a textile birthday card. I had a vague notion of what I wanted to create but to my dismay, as the date by which I needed to send the card neared, my idea hadn’t morphed into anything concrete. I was about to just try to run with my initial unformed idea when the appropriateness of “tree of life” imagery struck me. As soon as it hit I did a quick sketch of what I was hoping to recreate with fabric and thread.
Fifty circles of various size supported and surrounding that tree representing 50 years…some of great significance and others less so. The piece came together quickly with remnants from another project and a blue cotton dyed this summer.
Then it sat, waiting. I pondered how to quilt it. Generally, I prefer hand-stitching because of the control of where to place stitches but with time ticking on, I decided on a quicker approach of highly random free-motion machine stitching. It also seemed a better choice to reflect the often random and unexpected events that add depth, detail and color to our lives.
I finished the card in a flurry and sent it off in the rush and hubbub of pre-Christmas preparations and hadn’t thought much of it again until today… the big “5” “0” for A.
So, to A. …Happy Birthday and here’s to many more years of growth and color.
And to D. …may everyone have a friend like you along the way.