Now the next big thing on my agenda is to submit my application for a booth at the League's Annual Fair in 2013. As a newbie I have lowest priority for getting a booth, so I need to make sure my application goes in on time. I hope to do that tomorrow.
Of course having my own booth also means that I need to keep creating work. I have finished two jackets since my last post.
Here is the one I call Honoring Friends.
The name comes from the fact that I used hand-dyed fabrics from two of my art quilt friends. The rust-colored fabrics that form the body of the jacket were created by local artist Mary Walter . The upper fabric was discharged and has shiny dots painted on. The lower fabric was printed with bamboo sticks. I echoed her designs with couched threads. The cuffs and collar are hand-dyed cotton sateen from Washington artist Judy Robertson.
(Judy and I used to vend together at the Quilt/Surface Design Symposium in Columbus each summer. I built up my stash of her fabrics by trading for my art supplies. Next summer I hope to visit her home studio.)
Here's the back of the jacket - same fabrics, but different proportions.
This next jacket is one I plan to include in the exhibit that Sonja and I are doing at the Topsfield Library (MA) in February. I call it Wabi Sabi in my Soul.
For this one I used an African Damask that I also bought at Q/SDS in Columbus, from another friend, Becky Hancock. This fabric seemed to me a perfect example of beauty in imperfection. I loved the process of deciding just how to place the patterns of the fabric on the jacket to best show them off. Then I spent many a relaxing night doing hand embroidery on many sections to add color and texture.
Here's a detail shot that better shows what I've done with the embroidery.
And finally here's the back.
I love to incorporate diagonal lines in my jackets whenever I can.