|My first week’s piece for
the 5 x 7 Challenge
For those of you just tuning in, I not only have the 5 x 7 Challenge going on this year, where I make one 5″ x 7″ artwork each week, but I also actively show my fiber art work. As the Exhibitions Co-Chair (along with Carolyn Hitter) of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association, I do all the planning and production of setting up exhibitions for our 100+ member group. Currently, we have 19 members with work that will be shown in the Patchwork and Design Festival in both Rio de Janiero and San Paulo, Brazil. The quilts have arrived there safely and in plenty of time, so my work there is pretty well done until it’s time for the quilts to come home.
Our next exhibition which I’m working on will be at Mighty Tieton, an artistic community in Eastern Washington. Since the surrounding area is particularly known for their produce and fruit production (in fact the gallery is in an old fruit processing plant!) and the community has a large Hispanic population, they asked for our theme to reflect this if possible. We’ve named the exhibit “Salsa!” and hope to get member entries that will reflect this theme in numerous ways.
I’m faced with the difficulty of putting in lots of hours into setting up, doing logistics, getting entries, jurying the quilts and art cloth, etc. and wanting badly to also participate in showing my artwork. But creating a piece takes time… a commodity that I’m a bit shy on these days! So, here’s my plan… I thought what I could do is a coordinating 5 x 7 piece each week for 9 weeks, then put these together into a quilt. I’m planning to do a thread-painting of the following fruits and vegetables:
- chili peppers
|Detail of quilt made from Guatemalan
fabric by artist Priscilla Bianchi