Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Five Projects

I don't usually work on more than one project/art quilt at a time. I am almost exclusively driven by deadlines and I simply work on the next deadline until it's done then move on to the next. (I sometimes wonder if this devalues the idea that I'm creating "art," but I don't think that's a concept I'm going to get into at the moment.)

I thought it would be interesting to try working on multiple projects and to commit to making progress on all of them. How do you think it will go? I'm going to blog about it and share my thoughts along the way.

So... five projects! Here's the info and brief thoughts on each.

1. Tactile Architecture, minimum size 25x25, deadline April 11: I love this special exhibit which premiers at the International Quilt Festival in Houston every year. I've been in Tactile Architecture three times and I'm eager to enter again.

Here's my quilt, Haze and Hope, at the 2013 Tactile Architecture exhibit.

2. Radiation, 24x48, April 23: This is an exciting exhibit that Barbara Lange invited a bunch of local Dallas-area art quilters to enter. It will premier at the International Radiation Protection Association conference in Geneva this summer and travel to several other venues throughout Europe. At first, I didn't plan to enter. The size is a bit intimidating and the theme is a bit difficult to wrap my brain around. But several of my friends encouraged me and I'm eager to support Barbara.

3. Tall Tree, 24x60, May 1: This is a juried invitational exhibit and I am not allowed to show process photos, but I'll let you know how it's fitting into my studio time. I can't tell you much about it, but I think it will include a tall tree.

4. Coming up Roses, embroidery -- no size requirement, May 2: This is a special exhibit which will premier at Quilt, Knit, Stitch in Portland. It's hosted by the International Quilt Association. This exhibit will include knit and crochet, needlework and quilts. I'm going to enter the "needlework" category and create a piece that is mostly hand embroidery. Embroidery is such a integral part of my art quilts, that I thought it would be fun to make something where it is even more of a focus.

5. Festival of Quilt Art, min 48x48, June 6 (received on CD) This is an annual special exhibit at Quilt Festival in Houston and is always one of the very best collections of art quilts on the floor -- I think. I've never entered, but since the theme this year is "home," I'm eager to challenge myself to prepare something that could be juried in. The size requirement is huge. It would be the largest art quilt I'd ever made if I finish it. Ahem... when I finish it.

So, that's an overview. Too ambitious? You may remember several years ago when I created a small art quilt every day in Lent. One of the things I learned from that project is that it is possible to find time in the day to create.

But I also know that sometimes things don't go as planned and I have to be open to redirection. I'll keep you posted.

Just a teaser. Remember this quilt? It's going to be renovated to become my Tactile Architecture entry.


Kristin L said...

You know I'll be rooting for you! Tactile Architecture seems an easy one and I'm curious to see how you transform the squiggle quilt. The radiation theme is way off your normal path -- but that could make for a really great challenge. Coming Up Roses sounds interesting too. I'm excited to see the ratio on your work tip from fabric-centric to stitch-centric. And of course, working big for Festival of Quilts is challenging, but Home is right up your alley. I don;t think what you're attempting is too ambitious at this point. Go for it! The worst that could happen is that you don't make a deadline, but that's always a risk even if you're only working on one at a time.

Barbara L said...

I'm thrilled to have you in the exhibition - Radiation does sound intimidating at first, but it is such a broad field once you look closer. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Lisa Chin said...

You can do it! These sound like fun!

Natalya Khorover Aikens said...

Good luck! I thoroughly believe in the power of deadlines!