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.

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!

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