Last year's fabric book challenge kind of fizzled out, except for a few exceptions. So did the following one. Some of the reasons given were: not really interested in the subject/theme, ran out of time, lack of commitment, couldn't get started, etc. So what do we do when there's low participation in our challenges? Maybe the answer is to let each person decide what subject interests them and/or what techniques they'd like to learn.
That's the new Self-Directed Challenge where each member decides what she wants to work on. Each chooses their own subject matter and some parameters that will challenge and push them creatively. We'll share our projects at each monthly meeting to show our progress.
I've finished the first half of my Self-Directed Challenge, which was to make a piece for the Pathways exhibit at Memorial Union at Oregon State University in Sept-Oct. The exhibit featured work by the Valley-South SAQA group I'm in.
|"The Illuminated Way"|
My artist's statement was about being overwhelmed and getting lost by all the possibilities. We observe, research, and sample many avenues, always searching for the one that lights up our soul. "In art, as in life, I'm seeking that spark that illuminates the way forward for me, showing me that I'm on the right path."
Other work completed this year includes these two small pieces inspired by English artist Angie Hughes, whose work I greatly admire. They're on a velvet background and the techniques used include fabric painting, discharging through stencils, Angelina fibers, Textiva film, organza layers, and free-motion quilting. One of the reasons I enjoy making these so much is because of the varied techniques used. (The variety keeps me interested so I don't wander off and start something else!)
|Three Candles (9x10")|
|Spring Blooms (7x9")|
|A simmering pot of onion skins for dye.|