It’s a great feeling to be able to do things yourself. The reality is I often have help. That is the case with my logo. I wish I had the skill set and imagination to be a graphic designer, but not enough to actually pursue becoming one. Fortunately, I stumbled upon Fiverr and its logo generating capabilities. I entered a few perimeters and 25 or more logos were offered up using my brand (Gwyned Trefethen) and tag line (creates art from fabric & thread). The variety and ability to manipulate the numerous layout options, fonts, colors etc. was staggering. I’m counting this as doing it myself. You helped, too, when you shared your thoughts on what logo most represented my brand. I continued to “play” with other options, but this one is very similar to what was the favorite.
DIY – Finish
Normally, when I share my work in progress, I crop the photo to remove distracting edges that include outside seam allowances, the background the piece was pinned to and basically anything that distracts the eye from the work. This gives a distorted view of the reality. Fabric naturally stretches and contracts, especially when heavily pieced and quilted. The truth is fiber art undulates along the edges. Even work that is carefully squared up and faced has it shares of wiggles. When I finishing facing my artwork it is time for its formal portrait. These are the images I use for my website and calls for entry. Jurors and perspective buyers want to see those edges.
DIY – Choices
Speaking of calls for entry, a detail shot is frequently requested to accompany the full view. This allows the juror to get up close to work and see the technics, materials used and in the case of Celestial Celebration the piecing and quilting motifs. When selecting which detail shot to include, I try to select one that reveal as much as possible about what went into creating the piece.
DIY involves many choices. Each choice leads to the next set of options. Finally, the choices are made, the work is done and it is official, I did it myself.