Thursday, June 07, 2012
A week since my last post ... Decision Portraits going to HOUSTON!
(Above: The forty Decision Portraits headed to Quilt, Inc.'s big INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL in Houston, Texas this coming November! Click on image to enlarge.)
I can't believe that it's been an entire week since my last post. All I can say is: I've been busy and time slipped away! (I've also just completed a "secret" project for an upcoming, potentially traveling, exhibition called Women Who Broke All the Rules. My "model" is Nikki Hardin, founder and publisher of Skirt! Magazine. I've been told NOT to post images ... very curious but extremely exciting to be part of a national group of "big name" art quilters.)
So ... what else have I been up to? Well, I've been doing some paperwork ... forty pages of paperwork, front and back, plus information for labels. Why? Well, forty of my Decision Portraits have been curated into an exhibition headed to Quilt's Inc.'s gigantic INTERNATIONAL QUILT SHOW this coming November 1 - 4. I'm very excited. From everything I've read, this is a really, really big deal. Last year's show shattered former attendance records with 60,680 in attendance for the four day event. The show is the world's largest annual quilt show and sale. I am SO HONORED to have my work going to this venue and for the support Quilt's, Inc. has given to me.
I can't wait to go myself. Truthfully, I've never really been actively part of a quilt guild, gone to a big quilt show, or understand most of the ways in which the quilting world or even the "art quilting world" operate. I really don't know anybody either. So, this promises to be an eye-opening experience and a lot of fun ... especially the change to meet other people sharing their love of needle and thread.
So ... here's a list of the portraits that are making the trip:
Dealing With Alzheimer's
Family Role Models
Living With HIV
On Fighting Cancer I
On Fighting Cancer II
Overcoming Childhood Sexual Abuse, Kristine
On Fighting Ovarian Cancer
Personal Appearances I
Pulling the Plug
Results of a Spinal Surgery Decision
Standing Up for Peace
State of the Economy
Twenty-Five Years Sober
These portraits are currently being removed from their frames. They will hang like a regular quilt in Houston. My wonderful husband Steve is getting them all ready to be crated. Together, we decided it was time to distribute/store the rest of the 107 pieces. We are offering them to the participants at a really, really low price ... framed or unframed. If you are one of the participants and reading this message, you should receive a message within two days. If you don't but are interested in acquiring your piece, please leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This has been a wonderful adventure, a personal journey of healing, and a great experience sharing these portraits. Thank you to everyone involved ... and especially to those who continue to read my blog!
Posted by Susan Lenz at 3:40 PM