Saturday, January 13, 2018

Bad Photos; Great Event

To celebrate our show at Madison's Overture Center, the Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists held a workshop today, and it was a huge success. We invited the public to make leaves for our "tree," a branch that is part of the exhibit. We had five stations for leaf-making: embroidery, embellishment, felting, weaving, and coloring. 
We were told to expect 100 people. We got about 350, half children. People of all ages loved the projects and made beautiful leaves.

I am exhausted. We set up at 9 a.m. today and closed down at 1 p.m. Thank goodness we have a three-day break from school so I'll have time to recover. And excuse the photos; we were in an interior room with no natural light.

The opening reception was last night. We had a great turnout -- even though the temps were well below freezing. I want to share a few of the quilts with you. This first one is a huge landscape by Susan Jackan. Sue was one of my team teachers my first year of teaching. She retired a while ago, but it has been fun to meet up with her again. She has won all kinds of national awards for her work.
This one is by Laura Gottleib. I love her colors and the composition.
This next one is a small work of dense embroidery accented by beads done by Dvorah Kaufman.
And last is my entry:

I really wanted to have a third panel, but I ran out of time. It was fun to make, especially the fringe at the bottom. I titled it "Perishable." It's supposed to be a play on words: perishable in the sense of food going bad but also a reference to our fragile Earth.




14 comments:

  1. Wow so many beautiful things. I love your work!

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  2. Wow, what a fun event and so good to see encouragement of handwork. Love your pieces, too. It must have taken forever to sew on all those beads. Beautiful!

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  3. These are all amazing pieces and I love your work - beautiful. What a fun day that must have been.

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  4. All of the works are simply stunning. Your beading is gorgeous and I ♥ your play on words. Yes ..........our world is perishable. Hopefully, the powers that be will notice that.

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  5. What gorgeous works of art! The entire exhibit must be packed with amazing creations. Your beaded panels are breathtaking: the fringe sets the piece off perfectly.

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  6. Your quilt is so gorgeous, they all are but yours is exceptional with the beading, WOW!! A true piece of art.

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  7. Oh my goodness! All those quilts are amazing but your sea creatures are out of this world!!!!

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  8. your art is beautiful and it looks like you all had a fun time! I am in awe at your texture talent :)

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  9. Wow, all the quilts are gorgeous and I just love your entry! Do you have a third panel sketched out? Any reason you can't go shead with it now?

    So nice to hear of the enthusiastic participation from all ages... makes for a very nice community feeling.

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  10. Wow! I understood your title; the bead work is amazing.
    I'm sure it was exhausting but what a great turnout-memorable for everyone!

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  11. I bet you are tired! What a great event and turnout. I think your Seahorse coming alive in cold Madison this weekend is AWESOME

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  12. Wow! I love these pieces! And, your work - stunning as always!

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  13. Wow! They are all absolutely Gorgeous! I have a thing for sea horses though so I particularly love yours. The beading is absolutely amazing! So amazing, it's got me saying "absolutely" way too much. :)

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