I was invited to participate in an exhibit here locally at ASU downtown. It was a very last minute invitation as in, I had 5 days! The theme of the exhibit is "Sustainability". The exhibit will run through May. I already had one piece that I felt fit into the exhibit although it was so small, I didn't know if it would be accepted. There was no size limit so it's in. You may remember when this piece was published in Quilting Arts Magazine as part of their "Recycled" challenge. Every, single item in this piece is recycled/repurposed with the exception of the thread. The batting is a piece of foam packing sheet.
My next piece ended up quite different than I originally envisioned and smaller. But, I didn't have the time to put in the work on a larger piece. This piece is made from recycled plastic trash bags. The theme of this piece is water focusing on the life it gives and how we take for granted the gift we have of clean drinking water, water piped into our houses, the freedom to use our water. But also the focus on the damage we, as a society, do to our water systems and wildlife as well as remembering those who are dying daily from lack of clean drinking water. The title of this piece is "In the balance".
It was hard to photograph due to the 'shine' factor which I felt needed to remain in this piece. In fact, I added clear tar gel in drips for water. If you look closely at this zoomed in shot, you can see it dripping down the stone.
The third piece kinda' came to me outta' the blue, so to speak. I asked myself "What sustains me?" This is what came out of that. It is my faith, my relationship with Jesus, that daily sustains me. This piece is titled, "Soul Sustained".
The piece was created with a substrate of an old book cover layered with a vintage Bible page and an overlay of used tea bags. Then, another book cover of a vintage hymnal. The main focal piece is the inside cover of a vintage prayer book and a piece of vintage rosary representing my prayers and communion with God. The entire piece was done with beeswax. Vintage crocheted pieces and loose weave fabric have also been added on. I love beeswax. I love the idea of "encasing" the work. And boy, does it ever smell yummy when you are working with it! The whole house smelled just heavenly the whole day!
This month, I sent in a submission for a magazine call and got in an exhibit! Now to keep the momentum going!