Last year I resolved to do a bunch of collaborations with other artists, and managed to complete ten projects in photography, embroidery, collage, quilting and calligraphy. Several of those projects were what pre-school teachers call parallel play, in which the collaborators make their own work on a common theme. But a few were shared efforts, in which both people actually worked on the same piece of art. I found the latter kind more challenging and in some ways more rewarding. So I was happy to accept when Rosemary Claus-Gray, a good friend and fellow fiber artist, invited me earlier this year to do a hand stitching project.
The rules of the game were that we would each start stitching on a 12-inch-square ground. We were to make some kind of map, but it could be literal or metaphorical. After a while we exchanged pieces, but without telling the other what the map was about.
Rosemary has been far more diligent than I in working on this project; she's done her bit on my piece and sent it back to me. I put in some finishing touches and I think it's complete.
Rosemary added a bunch of different paths, all of them more curvy than my city street grid. I was particularly happy that she added a wide street going past my house and out the top corner of the piece.
I should have planned a bit more before I started mapping my grid onto the fabric, because I had a lot of empty space around the edges. I filled in one of the big spaces with feather-stitched flowery vines before I sent it on to Rosemary. She filled in another with a little airport.
Now I have to get to work on finishing Rosemary's piece and getting it back to her. I made a good start on it when it first arrived, but have been submerged in quilting for the last couple of months and neglected my other projects. I'll take photos, of course, and will share them with you when she declares her piece complete.
Update: I linked this post to the new blog site that shows what a bunch of other fiber artists have been up to this week. Please check out their work!