Last week I complained about an entry form that wanted to know my age, as if that is important to the kind of art you make. I'm pleased to report that entering "0" did not get me thrown out for bad attitude. I was the featured artist on yesterday's "Artebella," the daily email from the Louisville Visual Art Association. (click here to see the entire post)
I sent in photos of my recent hand stitching project, words of advice. Not sure I have shown them to you before, so here are all three that I have completed. I used a set of small linen napkins that I acquired at our monthly grab bag, and mounted them on larger squares of linen.
I was disappointed that they didn't use the artist statement that I so thoughtfully wrote for this series, but seized upon "making her own clothes" and "quilting," references they found by apparently checking out my blog and website. I try to escape the Q word but can't run fast enough. But they did spell my name right!!
Here's what I have to say about the advice series:
After a career in journalism and corporate communication, I resolved to have a new life in visual art -- but I couldn't escape the text. And after decades of making fiber art with a sewing machine, I have happily resumed the simple hand stitching that I learned at my grandmothers' knees.
These samplers are a combination of old and new, as are so many of the good things in life.
Some of the advice is ancient, some is as new as the century. The found linens, lovingly used for decades on someone else's table, carry an aura of family tradition, now repurposed. Some of the advice is handed down through the generations; some is handed up from young to old. Choose the advice that you like best....
I still need to make the last piece in the series, "Two Words of Advice," but I have used all the napkins in that set and need to find two little napkins that will be the right size and character to work in the series. Just remember, "Carpe Diem."