Last year was my first year, and all my pieces sold for more than the minimum bid. It is an interesting feeling to actually make some 'art' that someone else will pay money for. Of course, I don't get the money (I donate everything to the students), and it is not much money anyway, but still... it is a nice feeling.
|Gaillardia with ants|
|Petersen Cleaner Shrimp on Anemone|
The flower and the shrimp were experiments in raw edge applique made by making a tracing from a photo, laying the tracing on the back of the background fabric and then, one by one from back to front, laying a foreground fabric on the front, stitching on the relevant lines from the back and cutting away outside of the stitching. On the shrimp, the purplish tip of the anemone's arm, and the shrimp's parts were the last things added. The final step is to layer up and quilt. I particularly like how the shading and contours of the anemone turned out.
Caryl Bryer Fallert's machine applique method, and then the entire unit was appliqued onto the background. The background was cut away behind the molecule to allow removal of the paper and to reduce bulk.The quilting suggests continuation of the DNA molecule, binding of transcription factors and lots of other biochemical stuff in the cell.Some quilting motifs are based on Leah Day's designs (see link to Free Motion Quilting Project).
|Miniature Mariner (9"x9")|
|Sedona Rainbow (17"x17")|
|Sedona Rainbow (back)|
|Missing Pieces (~18"x24")|
The outer edges of the border are squared off, but the inner parts are not, and the borders are intentionally uneven. My favorite personal art critic pointed out that things were not even. Next time, I'll make the discrepancies bigger and more intentional. Here, I think it came out looking like I don't know what I'm doing. Of course, I really "don't know what I'm doing", so maybe that is OK. Hopefully, some nice art fancier will think it is OK too.
UPDATE: Art Show is over. 3 of 5 pieces sold at starting bid or above. "Missing Pieces" and a little landscape were left at the altar, so to speak. Live and learn. For this audience, cheap is good. Mariner's Compasses are good (I'm 3 for 3).