I've been a quilter for a long time - more than twenty years. For anyone who has been reading my blog, you know how much I love fabric and quilting. Measure, cut, sew, repeat...
I love everything about it. Lately though, I've been getting the urge to do it differently. There are a growing number of fiber artists out there who have been broadening their horizons. They are doing things that ten years ago, I wouldn't have dreamed of doing. The more I peruse publications such as Sew Somerset and Art Quilting Studio, the more I'm convinced that they're on to something. They figured out a long time ago what I'm just discovering: there's more than one way to make a quilt. These folks are doing infinitely more than measure, cut, sew, repeat. They've changed the way we think of quilts.
This week, I became acquainted with a marvelous artist - Lenna Young Andrews. Lenna has worked her magic in mixed media art for many years. I recently found her delightful and colorful blog, Creative Lenna, and her education site, A Little Creative Space. They're a gold mine of eye-popping art, tutorials, and online classes. After deliberating for about a week (I couldn't decide which class to take), I settled on the one that combines all of my favorite art forms. It's a self-paced online workshop to make a Mini Art Quilt Book. If you are interested in mixed media, but would like clear instructions, lots of ideas and interaction and feedback from your teacher, please check out Lenna's web sites. It will open a whole new world of creativity for you.
The workshop I'm participating in is wonderfully flexible. No participant's project is the same as anyone else's. Would you like to see the first pages of my book?
I decided on a theme of "Remembrances of a Young Woman." It has a definite Victorian flavor.
Almost all of the elements are vintage finds from thrift shops and antique stores. I gather potential materials every chance I get. A few of the buttons were too white, so I soaked them in a cup of coffee. It did wonders!
I've found incredible amounts of vintage laces for pennies at my local thrift store. The crochet lace on the sides of the angel was from a ten-yard piece for 15 cents!
I incorporated my hand made ribbon rose into this one, as well as my embroidery and beading. The quote is from Anne Frank. The time period may be different, but some things are timeless.
I'll share more of my pages as I finish them. Have a great week.
Until next time,