Today I am part of a Blog Hop. It simply entails letting anyone who checks my blog see the answers to the questions below. I was invited to participate by my art-quilting friend Deborah Weir whose fine work you can see at at http://www.fiberfly.blogspot.com
Next Monday you will be able to see the answers to the same questions and lots of great artwork from my friend Franki Kohler at http://frankikohler.com
So now for the questions!
What am I working on?
A collaborative series of 25 textile pieces in 3 years. I am currently on the fourth one.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like making an impact with my work which has certainly happened with my Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work. Everyone has a story. My work encourages the viewer to think about their own story and how they might use it to heal themselves and/or impact others.
Why do I write what I do?
I write as a means of connection. Making art is very isolating and my blog is a way to keep others informed about my process, about my travels, my successes and failures; all things that affect the final outcome of my work. Additionally writing is often very cathartic which can affect my work as well. I also know there are a lot of lurkers as people always tell me…oh I read that on your blog!
How does my creating process work?
I spend quite a lot of time researching the background story for each piece. Additionally I think about how I want to create the piece, i.e. which technique to use to put my voice to the cloth. I then print/dye the fabric and once I begin to cut the cloth the design process goes quite quickly with stitching and finishing to follow. With this large series I also begin the storytelling aspect of the subsequent piece just as soon as the current one is designed. This keeps up the momentum to meet the goal of 25 large pieces in 3 years time.