Monday, February 22, 2010

West Michigan Fiber Arts Group

     I belong to a group that meets on a monthly basis called the West Michigan Fiber Arts Group. It meets ly at a local sewing store and consists of about thirty people.  We have been working through the book by Jane Davila and Elin Waterson called Artists at Play this past year. Lots of fun show and tell each month and also we have been working through all the techniques in the book. The group is led by our own artist Beth Williams, a very talented fiber artist.

    We are having a small show during the month of March at the the Lakeshore Sewing Center in Wyoming. The theme is Artists at Play. It has been a good experience to prepare for a formal gallery show or other type show as we have had to develop an artist's statement and work within a specific size-18x18. With that being said-you have to know there is some strange happening with my piece:).

I wanted to mount mine on a canvas. (Why do I try all these new things when there is some risk involved with the outcome?  Gotta love a challenge!) So I painted  my canvas before vacation. And of course, going on vacation I thought it would be dry by the time I got back. Plenty of time. It wasn't dry on Friday night-and it was due on Mon. What's a girl to do? I got out the hair dryer! Voila-it's dry. I don't know it that I should have done that. I used oil paints on the canvas because I wanted the texture but should have factored in a long dry time in the winter.



                                                        Missing the Mark
                                                            14x18

Lots of fun things to play with but just couldn't make it work- thus missing the mark. Had fun though.  That sometimes happens,doesn't it?  I had plenty of time to do this but should have stuck with a method I was more comfortable with for this piece. Ah-the joy of learning!



Sorry about the pictures. It is snowing so hard here and I don't feeling like dragging out my lights. Off to try again.

Happy Sewing, my friends!

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