I told you several weeks ago about my daily art project for this year: to make a small stitched collage using fabrics that I scored from my long-time art pal Joanne Weis. She cleaned out her huge stash of fabrics that she had dyed and surface-designed over two decades of making fiber art, and I brought home two huge garbage bags full. I have been reveling in the huge array of different fibers, colors, patterns and techniques that she used to create wonderful fabrics.
Most of her fabrics have some kind of design printed or painted on top of a dyed base. My challenge is to add enough of my own work on top so that it stops being Joanne's work and starts being Kathy's. Usually that has been stitching, mostly by hand but occasionally by machine. Sometimes I meld bits from several different fabrics and try to put them together into a single cohesive composition, unified by stitching.