Sunday, October 09, 2016
The last few days have been an adventure. Hurricane Matthew threatened the eastern shoreline; our governor declared a state of emergency and ordered evacuations; Steve and I rented a 16' panel truck and drove south to an important client's Kiawah Island home in order to take his equally significant art collection out of harm's way. The truck is still in our parking lot. Meanwhile, my parents were en route from Pennsylvania to their Hilton Head Island timeshare. Stranded, they've been with us since Thursday. With luck, both islands will allow people to return ... starting at noon tomorrow.
Despite the interruptions, I've remained productive. In fact, many of the recent events served to remind me how important every day really is ... and how inspirational nature, family, and friends are to a professional studio practice. Every evening, I've hand stitched. As a result, the second "step out" for the recently filmed PBS Quilting Arts television show got finished.
(Above: Peacock Feather XVI. Inventory # 3847. Unframed: 26 1/2" x 7 1/2"; framed: 31" x 11". Polyester stretch velvets, blue metallic foils, a chiffon scarf overlay, metallic purple yarn, and a real peacock feather combined with self-guided, free-motion machine embroidery, hand stitching, and melting techniques.)
For the filming, I also showed the previously cut pieces of polyester velvet, the black industrial felt substrata, and the peacock feather ... as the first "step out" in the demonstration for making these works. It only seemed right to actually MAKE the piece. So I did! It will join others at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in November.
Also in November I'm having a solo show at City Art. These small "In Box" series pieces are ear-marked for the two shows. Scroll down to see the others.
Posted by Susan Lenz at 4:04 PM