Inspired!

Today my good friend Carmen and I went to the 36th Annual American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, MD.  I had a wonderful time with her company, and wanted to share with you some of the beautiful shops we visited.   I hesitate to single out any artisans as with each corner we rounded I discovered a new favorite.  But it would be a shame not to pass along at least some of this beauty and creativity.

One artist utilized pieces of used musical instruments to make jewelry. So unique, and beautiful!  Another artisan I enjoyed seeing created framed dioramas with HO scale people.  The frames were about 10X10 and the scenes were only 2×2 or so.   She had these little figurines set up doing things like laundry or camping in a park.  Oh, I am not doing this any justice!  Please visit the website.  I would think it was just me who loved this stuff as my dad is a model rail-roader and watching him paint exquisite details of these HO scale people is a truly fond childhood memory.  But her shop was packed! (and deservedly so)

I was also really excited to see some art quilters. The first one I saw was from Westminster, MD (right up the road!)  She has a great blog about preparing for the upcoming show, and some beautiful work on her website. Then there was the artist from Columbia, MD (a little further away) who calls her work fiber painting.  That is just what it is – all machine stitched and it looks like an impressionist painting.  Magnificent!  The last artisan I want to mention is just brilliant.  She uses all hand-stitching and does such intricate detail – from even a slight distance it looks like a realistic painting.  Check out her website!

I am also posting my most recent art quilt here.  I have been working on it lately, and felt so inspired by the work I saw today that I wanted to share it. 🙂

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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2 comments on “Inspired!
  1. Karen says:

    Beautiful, beautiful!! So very impressive!! Amazing job on the horse quilt!! 🙂 🙂

  2. MaidenAuntie says:

    You deserve such days, surrounded by the beauty of people’s creativity – you need to know that you are part of a wonderful community. I’m so glad for you!

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