Friday, January 18, 2008

Take It Further Challenge

I signed up for Sharon B's Take It Further challenge in December and was lucky enough to make the cut off! I'm new at Sharon's challenges, and I'm afraid that if I don't blog soon about it, she'll give me the boot and let someone on the waiting list take my place!

So, here is January's challenge:

The key concept for January is a feeling we have all had, the feeling of admiration for another. Ask yourself who do you look up to and admire? Why? What is it you admire about them? This is a the first Take it Further challenge in 2008. Take the idea, develop it into a resolved design during that month and apply it to fiber or paper.

I have long admired Virginia Spiegel, not only for her creative and artistic ability, but also her tireless work for the American Cancer Society and Firberart For a Cause. My January challenge result is actually a "twofer" in that I honored Virginia with this piece and I also donated it to her Collage Mania II auction which will be held May 5th and 6th.

And if you missed my piece, here it is again. The photo that Virginia has is actually a scan that I submitted to her, and I was not pleased with it, so I've attempted to do a better job of photographing it here:

(I've added this photo to my Flickr site, so you can see it there, with a closeup.) Winter Sunset was indeed a challenge for me, as I have done very little collaging, and I had not worked with some of these fibers before. Having a play day in my studio is always fun, and then when Virginia emailed me that she would accept my little piece, I was blown away! Thanks Virginia for making my day! I hope to be sending more pieces your way in the next few weeks.

I have a few pics of the progress on Preserve and Protect. I spent several fun hours on it yesterday, and then ended the afternoon in the studio, painting more batting....oh darn, I hate that studio time!

The blue fabric which I had dyed last week to use as the background was so pleasing to me, that it wasn't difficult to pick out some new quilting threads to go with it. I started picking the threads yesterday morning, rather than cutting up the blue fabric, which just seemed too darned painful to me!

Once I took the first cut, it got easier and easier, until I was tearing pieces apart with gay abandon! Here I've torn a few of the screened trees and butted some batting over the edge and free motioned it in place. The batting looks more washed out than it really is.

The trees have so much blue in them and I was thinking that that blue wasn't too indicative of the drought situation. It suddenly dawned on me that when I screened this bunch of blues, I also had a whole other yard or so of rust colored trees!

So, after I had done a bit of fiddling with the top few "rows", I got out the rust colored trees and planted them across the bottom, adding a bit of rusted fabric as sashing:

I wasn't too keen on any of that, so I left it and took Barker for a nice long walk. That's when my brain cleared a bit and I realized that I just needed to paint some more batting in the brown, get rid of the rusted fabric and rip up the rust colored tree fabric into smaller stands of trees.

I am leaving Preserve and Protect for a couple of days. I haven't torn the rust colored trees at the bottom yet, because I'm not exactly sure how narrow I want the stands to be. The brown batting is just pinned on the design wall so far, and I think I will lower the trees a couple of inches. I think that I will probably put a narrown border in brown batting. (I also think that some of the batting on the left is too washed out, so I will go back in and give it another coat of you agree?)

"A penny for your thoughts"! Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I love good, constructive criticism, and so appreciated all you had to say the other day! Gerrie, I did make this one've got a good eye to detect that error in the first one, as there was only about 3" difference in the length and width measurements of the first piece! Carol, I have saved the rocks for another quilt. You were right: they just didn't go! Joyce, there's enough of that blue left over for another quilt, perhaps with the pebble fabric! Kristin and Eva, thank you for suggesting more of the barren there too much now? I think I was trying to say too much at one time, so your comment helped me to narrow it all down. I also wanted to show too much this has helped. Thank you all for posting comments!! Bring it on!!!!!


1 comment:

Vicki W said...

I don't have any advice but I am really enjoying your design process. Keep it up! I'd love to know how you dyed those tree pieces - they are awesome! And kudos on the Virginia Spiegel peice too.