Monday, December 22, 2008

Never Too Late to Learn!

(Above: College Student. Xylene transfer on tea-stained muslin. 25" x 19". Stitched words around machine embroidered and hand beaded star: Never Too Late to Learn. Background words include various college majors. Click on image to enlarge.)

Happy Holidays! Every day in December seems to be an adventure. CYBER FYBER duties, Christmas picture framing, artistic decorations, and family connections fill all available moments for me.....but.....I'm finally done with the framing! Yippee! Mathias arrived home yesterday and will spend the week! Yippee! I've got an important CYBER FYBER announcement and I've finished another piece in my Decision Portrait Series......lots of yippees!

Above is the latest portrait in my series. I'm especially happy with this piece because it is exactly what I wanted to depict before I found the perfect person to pose! This wonderful lady said that going back to college was the best decision she ever made. An education is never complete. Each of us really should be learning new things every day.

One of the things I learned this year was that my CYBER FYBER "wish list" for the invitational portion of the exhibition was incomplete. How could I have known that trading postcards and ATCs with talented stitchers all over the world would bring me into contact with one IN MY OWN STATE! Truly, the supportive, global Internet community of fiber artists has many benefits. The fiber artists I selected were meant to represent these different aspects....but I hadn't thought about how blogging and websites might bring me into contact with someone local! I'm thrilled to introduce Fulvia Boriani Luciano as the newest fiber artist in the Invitational section of CYBER FYBER. Below is a photo of her sun-drenched studio in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I went last Thursday and selected several fabulous works for the upcoming exhibition. I've also written more about this on the CYBER FYBER journal. It includes lots of other photos. Below is one of Fulvia's design wall. Click on image to enlarge....and see the CYBER FYBER postcard for which Fulvia traded hanging on the right side.


jenclair said...

I love all the implications of this portrait. Then visited the other "decisions" -- makes quite an impact!

Aussie Jo said...

Love this portrait, as a mature age student and teacher I strongly believe you never stop learning, in all aspects of life.
Fulvia's works are just gorgeous.

Fulvia said...

Thanks for the write-up, Susan, and for the wonderful meeting. I am thrilled to be a part of this effort. Funny--the Cyber Fiber traded postcard was not staged! As I said to you then, I think it is fabulous.

Nikki said...

Merry Christmas! May your family find peace and healing.

Gunnels blog said...

This potrait are great !!! I like your stitching a lot! Happy Christmas !!