Friday, May 16, 2014

'Tis the Season

The end of the school year is approaching and in most districts, it's time for the annual art show.  It's rare that I'm not glad I made an effort to see what's on display.  The students show tremendous creativity, imagination, and skill.  This year was no exception.

The view as you enter the student art show.
I walked up and down the aisles of fabulous art for about half an hour.  Here are some of my favorites; to protect the privacy of the students, I've listed the artists only by their first name.

Basia's  drawing

Sofia's drawing

Elias' photograph

Amanda's triptych

 William's graphic art

Ann's drawing

Gabrielle's photograph
Youssef's drawing

Aren't these incredible? ( Cropping errors and lighting issues are entirely my fault.)  I urge you to support your local area students.   Schools often advertise their shows and the public is always welcome to see the wonderful art these artists are creating.  

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A NIce Surprise -- Free Publicity

The Quilt Show's daily blog shared a few images from last weekend's Denver Quilt Festival IX.  What a nice surprise to discover that my piece Barbed Wire, which was exhibited as part of the CLAW special exhibit Women Who Broke All the Rules, was one of the pieces selected in their highlights montage!  Here's a link to the montage; my piece is the last one.

Pretty cool!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New Work

My fiber art group FiberArtNortheast, or FANE for short, has offered a special exhibition in the Northern Star Quilt Guild Show for the past two years.  This year was no different.  We chose the theme of "opposites" and we each created an 18" x 52" piece that interpreted the theme and which could hang on either the wall or be draped over the T-stands we used for last year's kimono exhibit.

My opposites piece is called "Leg-O's" and features chair legs and human legs.  (You may remember I was considering the color palette and doing some sketches here.)  Looking at the piece as a whole and in parts, I've come up with eleven different opposites that are represented in my quilt, if you stretch your imagination a bit.  Here are a few pairings to get your mind going:  animate vs. inanimate, male vs. female, sitting vs. standing, whole vs. split, barefooted vs. shoed....

© Vivien Zepf, 2014
I had a lot of fun using this outrageous bright color palette and returning to my chair motif.  As you can see, I've added a new one to the mix though perhaps not quite so new.  I used a version of this chair for Blue Chair with Tea which sold last year.

I also have to share that I used an Aurifil thread I'd never used before: Mako'Ne 50/2.  It was an absolute delight to use! It was the perfect thread to use for this piece because it makes a fine line and I could go over it a few times to make it bolder, and to make the line appear more like a sketched line.  Though cotton, the thread is almost silky without a bump or nob in sight.  I loved it and will be shopping for more colors soon.