I love going back over my old posts and seeing what all I have accomplished in a year. Unlike last year's review, I did not complete six quilts in a year. However, I've had major life changes as well as major focus changes in my art. So here are a few projects from the year, in review!
Of course, the major change in my direction as an artist, becoming a mixed media artist has been taking up most of the 'time' I have on art. Below are some of the journal pages I've completed for my art journal.
Last but not least was my very first official mixed media quilt that I entered into VQF this year.
There it is! 2014 in review! Here's to all of you, my readers, to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I only use special notebooks to keep all my sketches for art quilts and any other inspirational ideas that might come my way. I keep them all neat and tidy in a row on my art table…
Ha! Yeah right!
I had you goin’ though didn’t I? I bet you were about to take notes on exactly what products to use to make better art.
I think I ripped this sheet off my telephone notepad that I keep by the spot where I charge my cell phone at night, because somehow I keep thinking that I’ll keep the phone there too and I’ll be able to write messages there. That usually doesn’t happen though, since the phone moves around the house with me. Then, as you can see I quickly jammed the paper into my pocket (without folding it)so that I could keep it from being re-purposed for my kid’s art projects, which frequently happens to stray pieces of paper around my house.
Sometimes I feel as though I will never arrive as an artist since I don’t have the financial means to buy recommended products I read about. But the truth is, art happens where life happens. For me, it happens around the house, around the kids, around the laundry. I have to work on the fly, and use whatever comes to hand to keep ideas on, otherwise, the moment and idea are lost forever.
Perhaps someday I’ll be able to dedicate more finances and time to making art, but for now, let it all get jumbled up together. I like it messy that way.
Do you jumble up life and art or are they separated for you in some way?
I am super excited to be promoting a new online magazine that is coming out. Colette Patterns is starting up Seamwork Magazine, a cool publication that promises two quick little patterns a month. I like that since I love those easy to accomplish patterns that give you a great sense of accomplishment. Thanks Sarai!
It's been a while since I've sewn clothes for myself- not since my garment of the month project. I'm looking forward to starting something new coming soon though!
This week I've been hard at work on a custom camel. Check out my Etsy shop for your next custom plush animal. Check out my page here to see the differnt options I have. Click through to place an order. I only take custom orders through this month. Contact me if you have any questions. I always look forward to hearing from you!
Using the Large Fun Fabric Purse pattern from Craftsy, I quickly whipped up this delicious version in a coordinating fabric with the kindle cover. Here are some photos from the process:
Here is the final purse!
If you want to see the first post on this series, start here.
I added some abstract leaf-like quilting around the circles from my original attempt at quilting the fabric. I like how it gives the impression of wreaths of leaves around the flowers..
I added a large button which holds the cover down, and doubles as a prop for the Kindle.
Next week, the bag!
Occasionally, I take on a custom order that is put of my normal comfort zone of plush animals and home decor. My client wanted a kindle cover and matching bag to carry it in, so I took on the job.
Of course I love to shop for fabric, and I was very happy with the fabrics I found at Stitched, one of my local modern fabric stores. My first step was to quilt my fabric for the kindle cover (she wanted extra padding) so here is my first attempt:
I kind of like it, but I think I want to add more quilting. You can see the lining fabric at the top of the photo. More to come!
After my pieces were slashed and diced, I started to put pieces up on my design board, just trying different things out. When I originally got inspired to slash my pieces up, I thought I was going to end up with this super modern quilt with off-kilter piecing, and large blocks of color. As I played around with the pieces though, I thought of how I had seen a cheater way of making a drunkard's path using quartered circles, so I tried it out. This is what I got:
I fell so much in love with it that all my thoughts of super modern went right out the window. <sigh> I know there is a modern quilter in me somewhere, but she ran away and now I can't find her. More later!