Woohoo! The day has arrived. I can finally disclose that I have a piece in the Grand National Fibre Art Exhibiton “Crossroads”. It is called “The Woman who is Alone and Waits” or “La Mujer que está sola y espera”.
“The Woman …” is based on a newspaper article from the 1980’s aptly called “The Woman who is Alone and Waits” written by Juan Roffo in a local Buenos Aires newspaper. It’s a small article; one of a series of articles written under the “From my Balcony” heading, and it was like observations from his balcony into life in Buenos Aires at the time. I remember reading it and falling in love with the charm of his writing, so I cut it out and kept it. It was found years later in a Daytimer from 1984 where I wrote all manner of quotes and pasted all kinds of snippets of life in Canada a year after I arrived.
You can hear more about it here: https://www.unb.ca/cel/enrichment/art-centre/index.html as I taped a short interview with the UNB Art Centre who organized the event this year.
From the Grand National website: “The Grand National Fibre Exhibition 2021: Crossroads features some of the best in contemporary fibre art from across the country. Works present a variety of techniques including quilting, needle painting, felting, and rug hooking as well as hand printing and dyeing.
This year’s exhibit, which presents 48 works by 43 outstanding artists, is a juried selection on the theme of Crossroads. Fibre Artists have been challenged with visualizing a decisive moment when a path diverges, and a resolution is made.”
Here is “The Woman who is Alone and Waits” – “La Mujer que está sola y espera”:
This piece has a few different techniques to achieve the results I was after: the light piece on top has been painted with diluted india ink and a cola pen and uses text. There is a piece of silk organza that has been rusted with text in the centre and the bottom of the piece, the copper and brown, has the text in the article free-motion quilted over and over to create texture. The image at the top is a Paper Lamination.
And a detail:
Tomorrow, May 8th at 1:00 p.m. Mountain- 4:00 p.m. Atlantic is the Opening Ceremony and Award Presentation.
Won’t you join us?
Thanks for reading. And until the next one, keep creating. Stay well, and stay safe,