Nearly Abandoned

 

This one has been keeping me up nights.  The deadline for our annual Scraps exhibit in the Newtown Library is fast approaching.  The challenge for this year is to create a fiber work in the portrait format from a photograph.  My first choice was a wonderful image of an Italian chandelier.  After some hard thinking, I decided that it was probably just too difficult, technically, to do what I had in mind–at least with my current skill set. (If you have ever tried appliquéing perfect circles, and in silk, no less, you know just why I opted for an “easier” subject.) Hah! The joke has been on me.  Also, in the running was my cabbage photo…mostly leaves…lots of room for “organic” deviations…at least, that was my thinking…

What I liked about this photo was the crisp look of the leaves, with the surprise of the hot pink center, all against that wonderful turquoise pot.  Well, after two days of struggling with my fabric and my “vision”, I hadn’t gotten very far.So…then what?  It is wonderful what a night of tossing and turning can do.  I truly had decided to abandon all.  Even when I sat down to “work”, I was quitting.  Raw-edged appliqué, fusing, gluing, machine quilting…too challenging when the deadline to offer up an excellent piece of work is bearing down…

I can’t exactly say what happened…I just picked up a piece of fabric and decided to play.  And two days later, so far, so good…

3 Replies to “Nearly Abandoned”

  1. Oh, no! Don’t abandon it. I like what you’ve done so far and I’m sure you will conquer all your problems to make it one of you usual stunning artworks. As Tim Gunn would say, “Carry on”.

  2. I really like the in-process photos… it does look very much like the photograph, even the veins in the leaves are similar in shape. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

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