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Accepted For It’s Not Easy Being Green

I recently learned that my work Forget Me Not: Collaboration with Grandma has been accepted into the High Fiber Diet exhibit It’s Not Easy Being Green.  Three jurors selected 31 fiber creations, each including at least 25% recycled, repurposed or organic materials while expressing a struggle, whether personal or universal. (Click on image for a larger view.)

Forget Me Not - Collaboration with Grandma, 54 1/2" x 20", 2012, Not For Sale

The 3 jurors, Pat Bognar, accomplished photographer and teacher, Trisha Hassler, a superb mixed media artist and Columbia FiberArts Guild member, and Bonnie Meltzer, a transformative mixed media artist, contemplated 44 submitted fiber artworks to select 31 dynamic fiber creations for the exhibition.

High Fiber Diet is a sub-group of the Columbia FiberArts Guild, and is comprised of a group of artists located in southwestern Washington and western Oregon who choose to work with fiber to express their interpretation of the world and themselves. The members are committed to understanding the academic principles of art, integrating them into their individual creative processes, and applying their understanding of composition and design. I am thrilled to belong to a group who is committed to high standards of artistry and professionalism and who has for over twenty years successfully produced juried exhibits of fiber art, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and wearable art.

Three confirmed venues for 2017 include: La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in La Conner, Washington, February 1, – March 30, 2017; The World Forestry Center Gallery in Portland, May 12,  – July 23, 2017; and Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon, September 1  – October 30, 2017. Negotiations for more venues are underway now. Watch for details in the near future.

Read about the work of my grandmother Hilda Elizabeth Packer Preston, its inclusion in this piece and awards that it has already won here, here, here and here.

Forget Me Not, Collaboration with Grandma

I am very much enjoying having the Forget Me Not quilt home, hanging in a prominent place. While it was hanging at the gallery I made the label for it. It was a great opportunity for me to salvage yet another small treasure from Grandma, a piece of broderie perse that I removed from a completely worn pillow case.

Naturally, I couldn’t resist a chance to do a bit of beading.

You can read about the whole process of making this art quilt here, here and here.

Grandma’s Legacy

I’ve been fortunate to receive a few pieces of my grandmother’s fine hand work. Not necessarily things I would make for myself, they are nonetheless, a treasured legacy from a woman who influenced me deeply. Hilda Elizabeth Packer Preston lived with my family for 10 years — my ages 3 – 13 — and it was at her knee that I gained a true appreciation for working with needle and thread. Her mantra was, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.” I took out a lot of clumsy stitches along the way to gaining the skills that I use today.

Many of the things she left were stored carelessly and became water damaged. I received a few of these damaged pieces from my cousin. I have been working at conserving them one by one. Not one to store things simply for the sake of having them, I find ways to bring them to life and use. Here is an embroidery piece that I turned into a pillow.

And in my quilt Hellebore, Hellebore, Ginkgo, Daisy (My homage to John Singer Sargent) the daisy panel is more of Grandma’s hand work.

I recently pulled out this piece of her embroidery and put it on my design wall. It measures roughly 22″ x 20″. For now, I’m just enjoying having it with me while I work in my studio.

One day it will have a new purpose. I know Grandma would approve.