Sunday, May 31, 2009

quick (not really) Sunday post

Yesterday's SAQA Parlour meeting in Mahopac, NY, organized by the charming and talented Debbie Bein, was a big hit! Sixty-three art quilters, some from as far as a 3-1/2 hour drive) came together to meet/greet/eat (of course), show-tell, crit, and we had a slide lecture by fabric collagist extraordinaire, Patricia Mattison. Amazing work. This is a quilt made by a group of people, each of whom got a piece of the picture and had to do her technique with their portion. Very cool!Some people brought 2-3 pieces for show & tell; I brought one quilt and 1 piece of fabric, both of which you have seen - so I won't bore you. However, Dierdre Abbotts, who was the official photographer, got this picture of me wearing my art jeans. Someone told me they looked better in real life than on the blog - LOL - I'm not so sure. Several people asked why I hadn't painted the back of the jeans: I didn't think I needed to draw attention to that area. Sixty-some people had show and tell and it moved right along. I have to say it was a pleasure to sit through show & tell where people didn't say "and this is the grandmother's flower garden that I am making for my grand-neice" or "here is the sailboat quilt I made for my grandson." Show & tell for art quilts -- yay!! Last night I put this piece of cloth up on the wall. It has numerous layers. While I was contemplating it, I began to think it was really two separate pieces and I should cut it into two pieces, stitch them, and mount them on canvas. They would be about 14"x17". This afternoon I took a huge number of quilts to the studio where I photographed them in good light, camera on tripod. Some of them hadn't been shot in so long that I had actually used FILM and scanned them in. Not good enough for my revamping of the website! Spent 3 hours tonight uploading and resizing pictures but a few need to be reshot anyway. For now, I am done for the day.

7 comments:

Linda Teddlie Minton said...

Hi Rayna, I think you did the right thing with cutting your tree piece in half. For some reason, the smaller versions are more clearly about the trees, than in the larger version. They will make a beautiful diptych!

Diane said...

Sometimes I feel like I have lost days messing with photographs!
I agree that your large piece somehow opens up more as two. Good call!
As to the art jeans, I so agree with you, if I made a pair I would definitely not want to draw attention to certain parts :p

Eva said...
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Eva said...

The creator mused. "The idea of forest... I'll make a sketch on the drawing-table... red! Or -- at least occasionally..."

Jamie Fingal said...

Love those jeans! You are so fashionable. Terrific about the amount of people at your SAQA meeting.

Karen said...

I love the tree pieces and they look great cut apart. so glad the SAQA mtg went well, we are trying to use that idea out here in L.A.

Karoda said...

this piece is screaming for concentric cirles as the quilt lines!