I joined two regional art groups: Seacoast Association of Fiber Artists; Fiber and Silk Artists of York Art Association; and, one national art organization: Studio Art Quilt Associates. I've been inspired and encouraged by new fiber-artist friends in the two local/regional groups. While I don't necessarily feel competitive about my work, these women have inspired me to (1) try new techniques, (2) complete work! and exhibit work.
I've exhibited my work in three shows during 2011: Artistry in the Home, Portsmouth NH; Fabulous Fibers, York Maine; and, Images, Lowell Massachusetts.
I completed work on two collaborative art quilts. The first, ten artists working together in two groups of five each created a panel inspired by seascapes. The other collaborative quilt, with three women, was inspired by a photograph of Poros that I took some years ago; Poros is an island in the Aegean Sea.
My work will be in two exhibits in October: Bizarre Bras, honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month; and the Cocheco Quilt show in Rochester New Hampshire.
And, last but not least, my soft sculpture took a second place in the Fabulous Fiber Show last June.
|Compass Rose completed years ago and left to languish in hiding in a box beneath my bed. This year it was framed and hung over our fireplace. I wonder now why I kept it from view?|
|This large quilt was hand-stitched and assembled. It too was kept in an archival box under the bed. Now it is hung on a wall in a sitting room downstairs.|
|A small collage of paper and fabric that was entered in the Fabulous Fibers show.|
|The first collaborative quilt. This one of sea gulls at low tide.|