Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Work and a Very Nice Surprise

I spent a blissful day in my studio yesterday.  Why so blissful?  Well, for the first time in 5+ weeks, I had the house all to myself.  Ahhhhhhhh.....beautiful silence and no distractions.

I have a pile of tops to quilt and finish, and several of them have very tight deadlines, but I didn't feel up to serious work.  So, instead, I spent the day "playing."

It's still January, so I'm still working in blue.  I assessed the pile of fabrics stacked on my cutting table.   The stack has gotten significantly shorter.  What would happen if I threw some prints in?  I dug a bit and found a piece of blue and white itajime (clamped) shibori and a blue and turquoise batik, both of which I had dyed several years ago.  I dug a bit more and added a few other fabrics, mostly tone on tone prints, to the pile.

I started to throw chunks up on the design wall:
And the chunks started to "make sense" to me.  I especially liked the large pieces of my batik thrown into the mix:
 Finally, I ended up with this:
Subdivisions #16, 28"w x 32" l
It felt so wonderful to create without distractions!

The nice surprise?  Well, I got an email from the Visual Arts Society of Texas (VAST) yesterday.  I had entered Subdivisions #9 in their annual 125-Mile Exhibit.  The show opened last Friday in Denton, Texas, and Brian and I were not able to attend (we had houseguests), which was really disappointing.  

But I won an Honorable Mention!  A cash award!  I'm very proud and pleased.  The VAST show features all media, not just fiber.  It's especially exciting to me to win an award in an art show.
Subdivions #9
OK, time to get back to work.  I think I'll tackle the pile of unquilted tops today.


Dolores said...

I'm not there yet - next week and I will have quiet house. It seems like the whole of January so far has been busy with out of town family. I too am itching to get in some 'play' time.
Congratulations on your win. The new piece is coming along - my favourite colours.

Sharon Robinson said...

Congratulations on that award Heather! It's really great to be accepted in the wider art world.

Jay said...

Wahoo!!! That is great! How long is the Denton show on? Maybe we need a road trip???

Lisa Flowers Ross said...

Congratulations on your award!

It's always nice when you feel like you can just "play" in the studio. I like the added "print" fabrics in your new piece. And I liked the shape of that piece in the second to last picture before the final trim. It reminded me of a kimono.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Congratulations! I really like the result of your playing. It's so important to take that time.

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