I’m back from Washington and now have to get to work on some projects that will be due for my Doctor of Ministry classes over the next couple of months. I have a few writing projects and one major art project.
The major project will be one for Creativity and Spirituality. We’ve been challenged to complete an art project, preferably using a medium we’re not familiar with.
Since I’ve been wanting to play with mixed media, that’s what I’ll be trying, but I’ll have a lot of learning to do first. I’ll post my experimentation here.
First step is to figure out what supplies I’ll need and then to gather them. I want to try making handmade paper. I also want to use acrylics with different mediums and also some metal mesh I’ve seen in the art stores. All this on canvases, which I’ll have to stretch myself since they don’t seem to make pre-stretched canvas in the size and shape I want. There’s going to be a huge learning curve here!
I’m hoping my ideas are not too ambitious to be able to complete something, but our professor encouraged us to take a risk that could potentially result even in failure. We’ll see what happens.
There are a couple more small pieces I have to show in my Retro Quilt Show, so I’ll complete that showing over the next few days.
This is a quilt I made during Desert Storm, the first Gulf War, in 1991. We were living in Iceland at the time and my husband was sent to the States, not the Gulf, for flying exercises there, AND a volcano erupted on the island, AND the war started, all on the same weekend–January 17.
I sat glued to CNN (that, incidentally, is when CNN became really big) and made this quilt. It’s lap size and was machine pieced with a Quilt in a Day pattern and then hand quilted.
I read somewhere that there was a time when women made war quilts and mourning quilts. This is my war quilt, done in somber tones with a sand colored backing representative of the war. It was completed in the same amount of time that Desert Storm was executed. I think that was about two weeks.
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