Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
I think people shy away from fiber art at times, because it isn't like "typical" art.
You know what I mean. Art that you frame, stick a nail in the wall and hang it up.
In the past, at my exhibitions, I have been asked by people, "How would I hang that in my home?" I always show them the hanging sleeve and the aluminum rod that I provide and I can tell that some "get it," while others still don't.
And that's okay.
Fiber art is different.
That's one of the things I enjoy about it. :)
Lately, I have started wondering about alternative hanging methods and I stumbled across some other SAQA members that attach their smaller fiber art pieces to stretched artist canvases.
Intrigued, I decided to try it out for myself...
Many moons ago, about six years ago in fact, I entered a challenge for Keepsake Quilting. It was the type of challenge that they gave several fabrics that had to be used and then you could add another of your own choice. The overall theme had to be black, red and white. It was a challenge to say the least!
No one who participated in the challenge had any idea what the fabrics would be until they arrived in your mailbox.. There was a black and white floral, a black and white check, a black background with white and red splotches and then a red background with black dots. The rules stated that you could use the wrong sides of the fabric as well. (I actually did this with the black and white floral for the poodle skirt and windows of the car.)
When I think of black, red and white, I automatically think "50's" for some reason. At that time I was also doing a lot of machine embroidery so I purchased and incorporated several themed designs from Embroidery Library into the wall hanging.
When I finished the challenge, I sent in a picture of the quilt to the folks at Embroidery Library and at the time they said they would be happy to feature it in their Stitcher's Showcase at a later date. Well, that was so long ago, I figured it would never happen. Guess what? They notified me a couple of weeks ago that indeed they would be featuring it and it posted today! Here's the link.
So that was a long way around to say this: share your work with others! You never know what might happen! :)
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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