Loose Threads finished the newest and latest challenge. We each gathered five to six items from a specific list, brought them to our Christmas meeting, where the items went into bags, and we had to blind pick five or six of them. The hope was that we would each get an array of everyones items. Some of the types of items on the list were buttons, ribbon, unconventional fabric, paper ephemera, and metal. However, several of us chose items that we had brought. Then with these items we were to make an art quilt in the size range of 16x20 to 18x24. It's interesting that for us, as a group, size is an issue. We can't go too small or too big, and we will spend quite a bit of time debating what is too small or too big. We usually love the concept of the challenge, but that size thing can be quite a grappling hook.
Arranged on the page are our completed results. This was a fun challenge. I know that the paper ephemera, for me was a challenge. How do you work with this stuff. But everyone integrated each of their items in really great ways.
Barbara Sawyer loves flowers. A lot of her work centers around gardens and flowers. Her designs are often very illustrative, humorous, and peaceful. There is a 'child' like quality to her work, in that I mean, I am often taken back to the wonder of childhood through her eyes. Her color choice are usually very bright and clear, and she has a way of making choices that are straight to the point. This piece is quite charming.
Grace Hoya is very clever. She really looks carefully at the world around her and then brings it into her work. Each piece she makes is usually very personal. This piece is no exception. She based her design on photos she took of the rafters in her new home that is being built. From there she created a very organic abstract image referencing her old home and the new home that she will be moving into. It is quite lovely