(Above: The Key to Heaven. Inventory # 3885. 8 x 6 1/2". $60. Click on any image in this post to enlarge.)
Since coming back from teaching a workshop for the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, I've been in the mood to do a few small fun things ... KEYS! Steve had already built me two boxes of "scrap frames". What are those? Well, they are just little frames made out of picture frame moulding that was leftover after a custom job. Sure, we could save it and hope that the next time we order, the finishes will match ... but often there's just too many short sticks in the pile. That's when Steve just builds frames for KEYS!
(Above: The Key to a Job. Inventory # 3877. 9 1/2" x 7". $60.)
I love pulling out my embellisher to dry felt scraps of silk, wool rovings, lace, and snippets of vintage fabric into unique backgrounds for the keys. I make quite a wonderful mess.
(Above: Me ... and The Wall of Keys at Mouse House.)
I don't have to make the tagged keys. I just select the ones I want from The Wall of Keys and walk upstairs to my studio! Scroll down to see the ones I've made! Plus, I used a few of the frames for "relics". Relics are the small pieces that start as demonstrations when I teach my HOT workshop. It is important to me to show how I make "art", not just a "class demo". There's also a new piece for The Wall of Ancestors. I just can't help myself. When I find a nice, antique frame for $6 at auction, I buy it ... and make a new piece. (Last night at Bill Mishoe's auction, I got three for $10 ... so there will be more of these coming too!)
(Above: The Dec./Jan. issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.)
This week delivered GOOD NEWS in the mail! I received the current issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. I've been profiled in a wonderful article by Cate Coulacos Prato. I'm very pleased and happy to be in the company of so many talented artists whose work grace the magazine's pages.
(Above: Relic XC, detail.)
I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Fridays", a site for sharing fiber arts.