A week or two after becoming involved with Art Quilts Around the World...I began this little quilt.
It was a respite from all the things I felt like I HAD to do just before Christmas. Sometimes, when I'm a little out of sorts...all I have to do to center myself...is play with fabric and my machine. It puts me in a much better place emotionally.
This piece, in particular, was put together with 'Remains Of The Day'. (Mary Ann Moss may be the person who made that phrase so well known).
I like to work off the top of my stash and have a bowl of scraps that gets used once it's full. I just pick up the next piece of fabric and audition it against a base fabric and try to 'find' out what it is.
Pretty soon, I have a little door knob quilt. I think this is my favorite way to make a quilt and it works good for book pages too if the size is right.
I had run out of wall space and given all my friends pieces of art (that wanted them) and began to make little hangings that could be draped over a door or dresser knob...or on your bathroom cabinet...or wherever. That way, when I gave a gift or wanted something for myself, it wouldn't mean a nail in the wall. And my friends and family wouldn't feel so obligated to hang it.
Eventually, I began to sell some of them. I've recently opened an Etsy shop and will be moving to the States this Spring and hope to find time in the middle of it all to list a few.
So anyway...every time I played around with this piece...I thought, "I wish I could use this for my self portrait. It would fit perfectly...because it describes... and represents who I am as an artist".
The more I thought about using it, the more sure I was that it was close to the right size required for the challenge. When I measured, I was shy by only a couple inches. I added the hanger which made it tall enough. And, I made a tree separately and then attached it to get my width.
It's still wonky...but as close as I get to perfect measurements. (I'm such a rebel). Anywho, thanks to all of you who manage this challenge. I look forward to seeing what ya'all have done!
Create Your Life,
March 2k13 - UPDATE - This won BEST OF SHOW in SDG's Female Voices Exhibit in Clearwater FL!!!!!!! The honor included $200.00. Whoop Whoop!!!!!!!!!!!!!