I couldn't rip off the plastic cover fast enough when the new issue of Somerset Studio finally arrived.
Several months ago I received an email from Jenny Doh, editor of Somerset Studio. She thanked me for submitting some small quilts for their "lettering with unusal tools challenge" and said they would be included in the March/April issue. I was so excited to get a personal email from her, and thrilled at the thought of having my work published.
But I had no idea I'd get a whole page! (With my name in gigantic scrolly type!)
This is the Exemplar page that is a regular feature in Somerset Studio. It's a full page feature of an artist's interpretation of the alphabet. I started this piece more than a year ago and finished it when I read about the "unusal tools" challenge. How about scissors? How about the sewing machine needle? (Of course, you recognize Mel's special edition hand dyed fabric.)
And then I gasped again when I saw this page later in the issue.
This isn't a great image. You must go out and find the magazine yourself! I created those three 5x7 pieces which I titled "Letter Sketch 1, 2 and 3." Such a clever title, yes? And the piece in the upper right was created with the negative pieces cut from the other exemplar.
There is also a detail shot of my work and a paragraph about how I created the pieces on the intro page of the challenge section. Yes... that's three full pages of my artwork. How thrilling!
There are lots of other cool pieces in the challenge. Artists used straws, cat tails and cat's wiskers to do some wonderful lettering. There is also an interesting profile of Andrea Fuhrman and a wonderful article by my friend Gloria Page. If you haven't read Somerset Studio, check it out. It's full of inspirational mixed media art.
I will add that I sent all these items in on the same day that I sent in my Fine Focus sumissions. I was not accepted to Fine Focus. Funny how things work out. The lesson here: Keep making art that makes you happy and keep sharing it whenever you have an opportunity.