Week in Review 2020 – 01/24

Unity – NOT!

Typically, I am all about unity. I like to focus in on a project and complete it before starting the next. I don’t like flitting from one project to the next. However, this week feels disjointed. It is as though I am a hummingbird darting from one flower garden to another, barely pausing long enough to relish the blossom I’m sipping from.

All the stippling is done on Rainbow Aura. Hopefully, you can see the bas-relief effect achieved.

Thinking Globally

Work on Rainbow Aura continues. I’ve finished the stippling. Then I got stuck on the areas I feel would benefit with more open quilting. Time for research. When flummoxed I head to my Pinterest quilting designs board, Leah Day’s site, and do some doodling. Instinct directed me to feathers. However, elaborate, echoed twining feathers won’t show up. Feathers are out. But are they? No. By modifying a typical feather, along the eight spokes of a pinwheel I was able to gently fill the rest of the quilt. At least I will once I refocus and actually do the quilting.

Note how by varying the intensity of the quilting the bas-relief effect from the stippling is maintained. The “feathers” using the natural spokes created by the piecing as their quill.

What in the world does this have to do with thinking globally? Not much. However, Rainbow Aura is something I plan on entering into exhibits anywhere it suits.

Act Locally

A major source of my distraction is my determination to act locally. Anyone who is a fiber artist gets asked the same questions. The number one question is “How long did it take you to make that?” Often, the second question is “Where I can I see your work locally?” Very few people take me up on my offer to drop by my studio. So, this year I am focusing on getting more local exposure. All of this takes time. I will be applying to the South Shore Art Center, to become a gallery artist. I am also participating in the 2020 Open Studios. This means lots of paperwork, attending meetings, and having appropriate artwork.

Three Ships will be matted and exhibited along with other works of similar size (8″ x 10″) during the Cohasset Open Studios.

Just when I am bouncing back and forth between global and local ventures I’m asked to create a small, top secret, fiber object to gift someone special. I am back in research mode looking up DIY free patterns. Find one. Make it. Done and so is my week.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.