What a great time I had at the monthly Rochester Area Fiber Artist’s meeting Thursday. It’s the first meeting I’ve been able to attend since April. My dear husband drove me and picked me up after it, and it was the best present he could have given me.
Show and tell was fabulous as lots of the members had been to Quilting By The Lake, and brought pieces started in classes, plus showed lots of samples from technique classes. I’m so glad I already own a glue gun because the pieces that came out of one of the technique classes were intriguing. Everything from napkins to paper towels, coffee filters, tyvek, plastic wrap, felt, brown paper, and a multitude of other surfaces were being painted and melted to create gorgeous dimensional and ethereal looking bits and pieces.
First up is a picture of a beautifully embroidered piece of art made in Syria:
To really appreciate it, I cropped and enlarged a small section of it also. And don’t forget, if you double click on the picture it will enlarge for you.
The embroidery is magnificent – straight stitch, couching, color choices, design – everything about this piece resonated with my soul. Seeing it, made my day.
Caris showed a couple of works in progress. The first one is her fabric version of a street scene she photographed inVenice. I wish I could show you the original photograph next to the fiber piece because it really evokes the lighting of the photography perfectly. Keep in mind, this is a work in progress. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share a picture with all of you when it is completed.
Caris is also working on a scientific quilt for her son. There are all sorts of symbols and images from the scientific world. As that was my poorest subject in school, the minute she said what each image represents, it went in one ear and out the other. LOL She will be adding a DNA helix – I remembered that!!! – and this also is a work in progress:
Elaine made a felted fish, and doesn’t it look terrific? There are beads underneath the fins so the fins will be 3 dimensional. I’m not sure the photograph does it justice, but it was really well done.
Donna took some classes from Rayna Gilman. She experimented with screen work and used Elmer’s School glue as a resist on some pieces. It’s especially interesting how she experimented to see how the glue would gradually dissolve to create lighter and lighter images. Donna thinks outside the box, and tries things that would never occur to most people. This idea was really great and is another project added to my “To-Try” list.
And here’s another piece that Donna created:
There were lots more pieces shown, but I have to get permission from the artists before I post anymore to the blog.
I dearly wish I could show a photo I took of new quilt made for Genessee Valley Quilt Club, Inc to raffle, but it’s under wraps till the big unveiling on their website. Then I’ll be able to link to that photo. Trust me – it’s drop dead gorgeous – a black background with vibrant appliqued and pieced blocks. It is drama personified. I hope I win it. It’s cetainly not for lack of buying tickets, that’s for sure.