|My first week's piece for|
the 5 x 7 Challenge
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
Then, each thread painting will be appliqued (probably with a bit of trapunto) to a quilted coordinating background. I'm not sure about how they will all fit together yet, possibly with some of my hand-woven Guatemalan fabric, or even with machine-made lace.
What do you think? I'd really love some comments on this idea... combining my 5 x 7 challenge with the Salsa exhibit seems to kill two birds with one stone, yet maintain the spirit of my challenge to create each week.
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