Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fish Challenge

Periodically, our group decides to do a challenge. .  Our first challenge took place in 2009.  The guidelines, which were selected by pulling words out of paper bag, were:

Size:    9”x12” portrait
Fabric:  a piece of the same chartreuse silk
Theme:  Fish

“Mola Fish”
Nancy Dickey

I wanted to try a contemporary mola technique for my Fish piece. The two fish images are based on a barracuda shape. The silk coral and other leaves were from my imagination. Since most underwater landscapes tend to be horizontal, as are fish, I found the vertical format to be more dramatic and challenging. “Mola Fish” was created with cotton and silk fabrics, reverse appliqué, hand embroidery, machine quilting, and satin-stitched edges.

“Koi Pond”
Connie Fahrion
A lot of my experimental work has to do with thread trash application so I used this challenge to work beyond my limit with thread trash I simply wanted to see what it would look like if I laid on thread trash beyond my normal expectation.  So my goal became to distort the composition with thread trash until I felt like I had lost it.  It was a real luxury and pleasure to be able to do it.”

Susan King

When we selected the subject for this challenge (fish), I was thrilled because for years
I had kept both salt and freshwater aquariums.  My intention with this piece was to
portray the idea of a fish "sort of" contained in an aquarium.  This piece was done with raw-edge applique and used both cotton and silk fabric.

“Just the Two of Us”
Mary Ann Littlejohn

Since I am a Pisces, the fish image is almost a part of me.  Using my astrological sign was a good place to start.  I enjoyed working in some dyed cheesecloth and machine quilting the fantasy plants.

“The Book of Fish”
Linda Teddlie Minton

Incorporates a digitally altered photograph of the Grand Canyon, cotton, silk, Dye-Na-Flow paints, machine quilting, and hand embroidery.  The irregularly-shaped piece is faced rather than traditionally bound.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

High Fiber @ The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake

“Speaking in Color” was juried in and has been awarded a Juror’s Choice prize. 
Opening Night is this Thursday at 6:30.  We would love to see you there.

2000 NASA Parkway,
Nassau Bay, TX 77058

Monday, August 23, 2010

Our Beginnings

When FiberVoices was created two years ago, we decided to create a joint project to challenge each of our abilities working in fiber and launch our new group.  We selected a copy-right free photo and divided it into 6 segments, each member working on a different segment.  The idea was to see if we could work to group- established guidelines, and cement individual construction methods and techniques into a cohesive whole.  Working with a combination of raw-edge, hand and machine appliqué, we also incorporated piecing, weaving, painting and dye work into the mix.  We feel we fulfilled our goals for this project, and we are already at work on a larger challenge aiming for completion in 2011.

Each square section is 24” x 24”.  Each quilt was mounted and wrapped on gallery-stretched canvas.

Mary Ann 
Nancy B.
Susan Fletcher
guest artist 
Cheryl Johnson
Linda Teddlie Minton