Sunday, October 28, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase # 7

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.














Connie
created this lovely version:









Interview with Connie


1. Did this project challenge you? Yes

2. Did you enjoy the process? Yes

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Definitely 

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? Selecting fabrics & cutting into small pieces was very challenging to me. I can look a my piece & see I didn’t cut small enough pieces. 

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes! I first I was very skeptical that it would turn into anything recognizable. The turning point was doing the window & shutters!

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Hopefully I developed a little. 

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? Yes I like it and now I am inspired. 

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? Very surprised that I could accomplish this project and put some of my own touches to it. 

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How. This helped to increase my confidence. I had no idea I could create something from a picture and make it look like the picture. I definitely want to try more collage quilting!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase # 6

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Lisa
created this lovely version:






Interview with Lisa


1. Did this project challenge you? yes

2. Did you enjoy the process? After I got started I did. I was scared of it at first.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Yes

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? Working with color placement seemed easy enough, hardest – still working on that, final layer placement and shading using all the small pieces.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? I think so.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I am surprised that it does look like the picture so am pleased with that. I think when I finish the final layer that I will like it.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? Yes. It was a learning curve to get used to looking for what each small piece of fabric could represent. But, in the end, the pieces seem to work.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How - Increased. I am more comfortable with color matching; believing what color I’m seeing and picking the right color combinations.

Thanks, Lynda, for all the handouts and instructions.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase # 5

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.














Amy
created this lovely version:








Interview with Amy


1. Did this project challenge you? Oh yes, it certainly did! I am not confident at this sort of thing at all!!!

2. Did you enjoy the process? Yes and no. Yes, I enjoyed learning something new, but no, I really had a hard time with trying to not use straight lines - and, well, as you can see they managed to make their way in here after all.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Yes. This really made me see how various parts of the same fabric can serve as different color values. I also came to appreciate the need to step back to look at progress, because up close it's very easy to drive yourself crazy!! LOL.

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? The collection and preparation of fabric was a breeze. Using a painterly technique is something that will take much more practice.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes! Your method of dividing the image into the frames made it easier to place things and to gauge the perspective.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Yes, very much so. Taking the time to observe really helps let small details come out. Focusing on a small section helps me to see the infinite amounts of color variation/change.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I really loved learning how to go about doing something like this. I don't love this particular one, mostly because the image isn't a personal one to me, not because I don't like what I have accomplished. And I do have lots of room for improvement, haha.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? Yes. Working on my own, it's difficult to see how to change things to better fit what I 'see'. I very much appreciated your encouragement, Lynda Coker. Your email response helped me to realize that anything goes and to not give up when I didn't think my image was looking at all like it was supposed to.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How? It has definitely increased my confidence in taking chances. I feel like I have a new ability to really look at an image, divide it into frames, and create my vision - something I am looking forward to trying out as soon as I decide on a picture from my collection. Thank you, Lynda!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Red Window in the Athens Sun Workshop Participant Showcase #4

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.














Georgia
created this lovely version:








Interview with Georgia

1. Did this project challenge you? Yes.

2. Did you enjoy the process? I did.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Absolutely.

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish?
Easiest was fabric selection process. Hardest was the many tiny bits of fabric (what a mess I created!) and the layering – as I will quilt my piece, I had to keep my layering to a minimum (3 layers max.) 

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes – I generally create templates from my photos to work from.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Absolutely. I still need to develop my ability to capture light and shadow in my work.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? 👍 I do! 

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? I always like to include creatures in my pieces and had to think and search for the right ones to use. I was so grateful to have Lynda’s detailed instructions and illustrations to follow!

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How. Yes, it did. I didn’t create the painterly effect intended – but I am happy to learn a new process which I have already incorporated into other works.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Series: 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' Workshop Participant Showcase #3

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Kitty created this lovely version:








Interview with Kitty

1. Did this project challenge you? This project was way outside of my comfort zone. I’ve been slowly working towards this type of project. One baby step at a time.

2. Did you enjoy the process? I can not say I enjoyed it at the beginning. It was amazingly stressful to me. But it became much more fun towards the end of the project.


3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? I believe I have opened up a more free form creative side of me. I think I’ll be able to continue growing.

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? I think the easiest was collecting and changing out the fabric. But I’m very lucky to have a big stash to pull from. The hardest technique was jumping in and getting color laid down so I could change it out and make something I liked. In my slide show between photos 9 and 10. It was fun to see the difference between cutting the lighter green in strips and then change them to squares. It made a big difference to me.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? The first thing I had to get over was cutting the fabric without a template! But as I got father into the project it become easier to do. I can see why free form can become a lot of fun.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? I have become more comfortable with the idea I actually have one. But I can see how it will be developed over time. I still have a way to go.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I’m very happy with my project. It came out so much better then I could have imaged. I can still see things I would change, but I want to get started on the next one.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? I was very surprised that it really did become easier after each road block. As I reached each one I stepped back and took a break. It the beginning I was afraid to even start. So it took a bit to get started. Walking pass it and studying the picture and my piece, made a big difference. So I was able to jump in and do a section. Then take it apart and redo it. At times I emailed a picture to Lynda to get her opinion. Each break because shorter in duration.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How? This has been a great boost to my creative confidence. With Lynda holding my hand I was able to push through the fear.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Series: 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' Workshop Participant Showcase #2

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Catherine created this lovely version:







Interview with Catherine

1. Did this project challenge you? Yes it did as I am not arty at all and never done a collage quilt.

2. Did you enjoy the process? I loved every minute of seeing this come to live before my eyes.

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? I learnt not to fuse too many fabrics as it takes a lot of time (lol).

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? I think having lots of colors to choose from helped me find the similar color to the picture but the little branches in the corner were hard to do. Cutting little pieces is easier to place if you use tweezers.

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? I am amazed it actually looks anything like the picture at all.

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Yes I think I can see layers differently.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Do you like your artwork? I love my artwork, I never thought I would finish it.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? I have never had artistic flair and am happy with decisions I made on this piece. I did change the white flowers to pale purple, just because I like the color purple.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? Now I feel ready to try something else in collage and this project has definitely given me the confidence to so it.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Series: 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' Workshop Participant Showcase #1

I'm so thrilled with all the beautiful fabric art that was created by the participants in my recently completed 'Red Window in the Athens Sun' workshop. I will be showcasing their work over the next few weeks in a series of posts. So check back often and don't forget to comment.

Inspiration Photo by Kat Lovasi

The workshop participants were all using the same inspiration image, a photo by photographer Kat Lovasi.

I think you will agree that the diversity of style and expression are amazing.











Sharon  created this lovely version:









Interview with Sharon

1. Did this project challenge you? Yes

2. Did you enjoy the process? Very much

3. Did you learn something new/different and stretch your boundaries? Yes

4. What was the easiest/hardest concept or technique to accomplish? Easiest..was applying steam a seam. Probably hardest was finding colors and shapes I fabric I wanted to use

5. Were you surprised that you accomplished such a complicated piece without a pattern or template? Yes

6. Did you Develop/improve your Artist Eye? Always improved in the artist eye techniques.

7. How do you feel about your personal accomplishment? Very happy in the process. Do you like your artwork? Yes,..it becomes magical as you work on it with all the colors and shapes.

8. Were you surprised by your own creativity, innovative decisions, and how? As confidence builds, you become creative and encourage yourself to make trial runs of your own and embracing the learning curve.

9. Did this project increase/decrease your creative confidence? How
Yes creativity was very much increased,...just by doing