Sunday, January 24, 2010


I had a great time taking a workshop from Sue Benner yesterday. The workshop was called "Self Portrait: The Artist as Quilt." It was refreshing to work on something totally new with no particular requirements or deadlines. Just for the sake of doing it. I have doubts about self-portraits in general. And self-portraits in fabric, especially. I know it's a classic form, but I was never much interested in doing one myself. But, I'm glad I did.

Again with the green and purple. I didn't neccessary intend to work in this color palette, but those are the fabrics I brought without even really thinking about it. Surprised? Maybe you remember this fabric too.

Speaking of green, see my new iron as recommended by Sarah Smith? It's great.

My friend Jo took this picture. I'm very hard at work apparently.I have plans to finish it today and/or tomorrow so I can bring it to show at tell at the Dallas Area Fiber Artists meeting on Monday. Sue will be giving a program about her experience jurying Quilt National. I think it's going to be very interesting. Join us if you're in the area.


Terry Grant said...

Looks great so far! You know I love faces, but teeth are the hardest thing to make look right. I will be interested in seeing how you handle the teeth. Oops--hope I have not created additional stress now anticipating teeth!

Kristin L said...

I don't think it would be a Deborah portrait without the green and purple. Orange and yellow just wouldn't be "you." ;-)

Coincidentally, I'm contemplating a self portrait for our guild show -- one member has invited the rest of us to play along. I'm wrestling with making a portrait without making a portrait, if you know what I mean.

Terri Stegmiller said...

I'm enjoying your peeks at your progress on this. It looks like it would be a great workshop. Can't wait to see your finished quilt. I've also toyed with the idea of doing a self portrait quilt. It would be fun to use as my profile photo for online use.

LuAnn Kessi said...

Hi Deborah,
Please do post your completed quilt image.
You are off to a great start!
I do like the fabric choices you made for the facial skin.
LuAnn in Oregon

Fannie said...

Your piece is wonderful, Deborah! I was amazed at how you just went to work on your self-portrait fearlessly while I wrestled with indecisions. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy York said...

I love this piece, a great likeness to you! Look forward to seeing the quilting!