Presenting my latest work called either I am the Heron, or Lavender Sky over Heron Pond, this is a 24×20 inch thread painting over ink drawing and watercolor paint. The unframed photo on the left shows the work before thread painting.
This new thread painting is ready for the SunCoast Artsfest on January 21st and 22nd. It is the first time I will show work without glass over it. Here’s hoping for no finger marks in spite of the request to “please do not touch.” There is not enough time to get a custom frame ordered for this size and still have it in the show so I am going to present it with an unglazed wood frame I have on hand.
More fine art festivals
Meanwhile, I have been applying to other fine art festivals in the area. This week I was accepted into the Fine Arts Festival of Manatee County at the Bradenton ArtCenter on February 25-26th; the Leesburg Art Festival on March 11-12th; and the 9th Annual Winthrop Arts Festival in Riverview, FL on March 25-26th. There are a couple more shows applied to that I haven’t heard from yet and April shows I decided to wait on pending the outcome of the January art show.
Retail Coming Up …
I will soon have a booth at the Village Sampler shoppes in Winter Haven. Since I have an inventory of hand sewn art pillow covers and table linens from craft shows, this will hopefully be a good outlet. I will also try to sell thread paintings that don’t fit my “body of work” theme and some of my experiments. And, there’s that massive stock of vintage linens I was collecting. I’ll be including the best vintage pieces at booth 307. However, you won’t see any current art festival work or things like “Lavendar Sky” there. There are interesting art and fine craft booths there along with vintage which makes this MALL quite different from others I have seen.
The Village Sampler is at 155 Ave B., SW in Winter Haven. It is 2 blocks south of Center Street and near the intersection of Ave B, SW and 2nd Street.
Hopefully, the walls to my booth are up and I can get it stocked by Friday the 13th. Hmmmm.
Just finished my latest thread art called Sunset Cove. This time I created a 16×20 framed image based on the “vision” I saw in a piece of hand-dyed batik fabric. Added a sailboat to what appeared to me to be a horizon line, hills and a narrow opening into a sunset cove where the water reflected extreme colors by an, admittedly, overly large setting sun. The background is free motion quilted in an attempt to replicate waves, a pebble beach and leaf covered ground in the forefront.
A new challenge to me is learning the ins and outs of framing art. I want to follow some of the prescribed techniques for framing fiber but some of it is just ridiculous. I do add spacers to keep the fiber off the glass. In spite of what I read I will use glass to keep the fiber clean and oh, would people like to put their fingers on the artwork! And, of course I will use archival quality mounting boards and mats (if I use mats at all).
Its first showing will be at the Manatee Festival in Crystal River on January 15.
Pending New Art
If time permits, I need to be working on a landscape to replace the one I sold a month ago. I am also working on a series of “window art” I call it, that is thread art drawn on lace or layers of trims sewn together. That should be a fun challenge. But first I am making one for a newly remodeled room in my house where I want to obscure the view yet let light in.
Here is a new booth shot from November 21 craft show in nearby Winter Haven … another Florida craft show. Of note, I added three thread art pictures to this show and sold 2 of them. The promoter reported 6000 in attendance. If that is true, my sales were not great. It is tough out there for everyone in the land of forever craft shows: every weekend, somewhere.
I know going to craft shows in Florida is cheap entertainment and the majority of the (maybe) “thousands” that attend are not buyers. Given that and all the work and expense involved you will have to think I am crazy for doing it. Yes, I am “sew crazy.” The best part is the attention to my craft, the nice words and, really, it’s not their fault they can’t afford to buy anything.
I’m thinking about summer when I’ll have time to create. I have an idea for a smaller, non-framed product that I will be able to make available to interested people, but in the $20 range. No time to do it now as I have another Florida craft show on December 5-6th in St. Cloud and then December 12th in Brooksville.
If you follow my shows, I hope to see you there! The “sandpiper” is in the works yet but I have three more pictures ready: a large shore bird with its reflection in water and two 8×10’s featuring a snowy egret in sunset on one and a blue-throated hummingbird on the other. I’ll show them on-line if I still have them after December 12.
And, off I go to another Florida craft show ……….