In anticipation of this past Monday's Sustainable Midlands Holiday Sale and the upcoming Crafty Feast Sales on December 14th, I decided to make some more tagged keys. It seemed easier than removing existing tagged keys from the wall in my studio. Making new ones also meant that I knew which keys I had ... the key to happiness, the key to love, the key to a fast Internet connection, the key to a thin waistline, the key to respect, etc. I love making keys! It also meant that I had out all my supplies for collaging.
I had my brush, matte medium, and my stash of clipped vintage letters spread out across my mat cutter. It seemed like a perfect time to make additional pieces for my Wall of Ancestors ... especially since I would be working at Mouse House over Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and right through Cyber Monday. During this time, I created fifty-two new works. I also absolutely LOVE making these pieces. It gives me a chance to sort through all these old, anonymous photos and imagine the lives these people might have lived.
Originally, I had about thirty or so pieces last year for my solo show called I Am Not Invisible. I upped the number to 127 by spring when I exhibited them at Gallery 80808/Vista for Artista Vista.
(Above: The Wall of Ancestors as exhibited at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios during last spring's Artista Vista show.)
It is probably stupid to be making more pieces, especially over fifty of them, but I am hoping that this installation will be accepted into next spring's ArtFields competition. If I'm lucky and get this opportunity, I will probably need even more than I currently have. I didn't really want to wait and feel "under the gun". Thus, I enjoyed the process over the long weekend and now feel very hopeful for good news.
I am happy to report that Stitching Together was accepted for the upcoming show at the McKissick Museum! I'm looking forward to it!
The rest of this blog post is simply the rest of the pieces made for The Wall of Ancestors. Enjoy! I sure enjoyed making them ... and have other ideas for even more! Remember that each one can be enlarged by clicking on the image! Also ... I was very thankful for Thanksgiving! Steve cooked the entire dinner. Over the weekend, he built all the frames to my specifications and assembled everything! I'm quite lucky!
I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays", a site for sharing fiber arts.