I met Jandel several years ago because we were introduced by a mutual friend who was a physician in Denver and who we "scootered" with on many weekends.
Here's the fourth and final panel for my commission.
An artist chooses what goes into a composition and I am no different.
I am influenced by my upbringing, my environment, my friends & family, my work, my education, and my beliefs. So when I chose to include Elizabeth Iliff in my 3rd panel, it wasn't because she married the richest man in Colorado. And it wasn't because she started the Iliff School of Theology. It was because she came to Denver as a Singer sewing Machine Rep!
There is always a lot of "me" in all my fiber art pieces.
I am loving creating these pieces. I am learning so much about the history of Denver and can't wait to complete the final panel. My goal is to do this in a couple more days and then, on to the sewing the rows together. I'm really hoping that I can make this work into a 36" square. It's going to be challenging, for sure.
Here's the second panel.
I found a way to speed up the process so I can now make 2-1/2 rows per day. So now, I expect to finish the first layer of all 4 panels by the end of September. Then, I will start the quilting, binding and mounting of each panel.
Working in fiber is always tricky since fabric is so flexible. And, in this piece, there are so many seams that even the slightest change in the seam width can change the overall measurement. So this is what keeps me up at night.
However, I know that making art is just problem solving creatively so that is my plan. There are many roads to the same destination and I am determined to find them all!
On to the third panel!
Here's the first panel. I will leave all the rows unsewn until the final weeks of putting everything together since I might move rows around from one panel to another. Also, I might find a miss-spelling that I will need to correct (yes, this happened before!) There are two words that can't be easily read (gold and Neal) so I will probably replace these and not use pink or tan fabric in any other panels going forward. On an artistic note, I find it valuable to photograph my work so I can see the value and make any corrections I need before finishing the piece.
Thought I would take you on my journey to create a new fiber art piece for the Denver Health commission so here is where I am today.
After taking a class with Judith Cassel-Mamet this August, I've gotten back into watercolor painting.
Dianne Denholm is a woman who has been a leader in the sewing/fiber art community here in Denver. She opened and ran a fabric store for many years and developed a wide network of fans... me included.
I am excited to be awarded a new commission for Denver Health hospital. the piece will be similar to the one pictured above but be based on Denver's history. So I'm now in the midst of doing some research and was thrilled to have Some
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a fiber artist and love color and texture!