Friday, December 7, 2012

A Bit of Fun

As I sit down to write, I realize how long it's been since I've posted here.  All is well, there's just been a lot of fun happening here, including a Thanksgiving visit from our daughter.  On the art front, there's been a fabulous new development: I've joined an international group of textile artists, called Latitude Quilts, that will be functioning similar to the Twelve by Twelve group. There are sixteen members; two are from the United States and the other members hail from all over the globe.  It's so exciting to see the work from the other members, most of whom have finished at least one City & Guilds course and some have taken class from the Kemshalls.  I'm finding it wonderful to see the members' work.  Their design aesthetic is different than that in the United States; the best word I can use to describe it is to say it is very elegant.  I know I'm going to learn a great deal and have a great time within this new community.  Be one the look out for more in the coming months.  For now, I leave you with our first challenge theme:  CARNIVAL.

In between family time and getting to know my fellow Latitude members, I managed to make a piece for the Quilting Arts "Coffee or Tea?" reader challenge.  I always have a lot of fun with the ideas presented in the challenges, but don't have enough time to respond to each of them.   The "Coffee or Tea?" challenge asked readers to share how they enjoyed their cup of Joe or tea in an 8" x 10" piece.  Well, I drink neither coffee nor tea, but I still wanted to participate in the challenge.  Here's what I made as a result:

I hope the editorial staff gets a good chuckle when they see it, though it's unlikely to be selected for publication since it's not about coffee or tea.  Still, this little piece served its purpose.  I probably should have been more careful with the letter placement and overall spacing but  I had fun, it was a good way to get back into the studio after a little break, I solved some "problems" along the way, and I managed to work with tulle (something I'd like to work with on another piece I have in mind).  Time well spent, I'd say.


Sue Reno said...

Sounds like a fabulous group and a good opportunity, Vivien, congratulations!

Helen Conway said...

I look forward to seeing what you all get up to.

meta said...

A fun piece!

norma said...

It IS a fun piece and I'm so glad that I got to see it in person. Can't wait to see what you do with Carnival. How long do you have for each challenge?

Kristin L said...

I too look forward to your adventures with the Latitude group. Getting an inspirational push from a creative group can be a wonderful thing. :-)

I got a good giggle out of your Coffee or Tea solution. My husband is of the same opinion in his caffeine intake too.