Monday, March 28, 2011

"What I dream of, is an art of balance." Henri Matisse

Here I go again-- pondering where the time has gone and  completely amazed that it's been over 6 weeks since my last post.  I too dream of an 'art of balance'.  I can't seem to juggle all the little things in life like I used to. I used to be able to do 20 things at once and actually know what the hell I was doing.
Now...I have to really focus on what I'm doing and refuse to fill my schedule up with too many things.  In doing so, I neglect things that need to be done.  My dream is to BALANCE all aspects of my life. Allow myself the time to attend to all the things I need to do as well as all the things I WANT to do.
Ahhhh, it's nice to dream.....

Back to reality. The last post I was working on a project for a possible exhibition and got those items completed just in the nick of time.
I can show small bits of the art quilts but don't want to show the entire piece as yet.
For one of the pieces I decided I wanted to drive around to cemeterys and take photos of angels. Unfortunately the cemetery I chose only had 3 but the photos turned out pretty good. I played around in photoshop to get them just right then printed on fabric to use in the quilt.
Here's the photo of the unaltered cemetery angel.

Below is a section of the quilt with the altered angel printed on fabric.
The next photo is a close-up of another quilt I made of an angel. But with this one, I sketched the face in my sketchbook, scanned it, printed it on fabric then painted it with acrylic paint mixed with textile medium. I also used some pastel pencils in areas.
Her hair is dyed cheesecloth ripped and distorted then laid down in pieces and heavily stitched.
Eventually, I can show you both pieces in their entirety.

Now, I'm working on another piece with a due date of next Monday. Not quite finished but I'm getting there. LOTS of stitching to do. I'll probably be finishing up last minute again.

Here's a small section of the quilt. If you look closely, you'll see the pins still holding the pieces in place in this photo. All the pieces are in the process of being fused down, then the stitching will commence.

This piece will be entered for possible exhibition at Quilts Inc in Houston.  The theme is "Good for You".  So this piece has a meditation theme-since meditation is good for you!

Even though I was whining above about not being able to do a bazillion things at once anymore, I didn't do ANYTHING at all last week as my daughter was home for spring break. We did some shopping and lounging around watching old episodes of Grey's Anatomy but not much else. It was good for both of us to take a break.
Now it's back to work. Hopefully I will finish this in a somewhat timely manner. Meaning, I hope I can finish it by Saturday so I can spend Sunday photographing it and getting the photos ready to submit via email by Monday's deadline!
So, it's back to the sewing machine for me.
Live our life creatively~
cathy
p.s. the fabrics used in all 3 quilts were hand dyed silks, vat dyed and there were some discharged fabrics in the first angel quilt

4 comments:

c5f9c420-59ac-11e0-8666-000bcdcb5194 said...

You are so talented. I am in awe! --Suzanne

Terri Kahrs said...

Cathy, your quilts are gorgeous! The angel quilt, in particular, is awesome! What a beautiful photo, and your quilting is spectacular. Hope that all is well in your world, and yes, I can totally relate to your post. My head spins with art possibilities and there just seems to be so little time!!! Love & Hugs, Terri xoxo

Weenie said...

that quilt is so beautiful. I really just want to look at it for a long time.

I also like your cheese cloth idea
:)

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Thanks everyone! I promise to show the quilts in full at a later date. But if you are entering them into a juried show, they have to be pieces that you have never shown before.
Hugs right back to you Terri!!