For the past six months I’ve been stitching, stitching, stitching for an upcoming show – In the Moment – Self Portraits of 20 Women Artists – which opens on May 16 in Eugene, Oregon at Maude Kerns Art Center. We were asked to start work on October 18, 2013 and end on April 18, 2014. Despite some setbacks, I did complete the work on time, delivering the last two (of seven) pieces to the framer’s the morning of the 18th.
Being occupied by designing invitations, teaching classes, making crafts for an annual holiday sale, downsizing/moving, setting up a new studio and adjusting to a new city (thank heavens for Siri and Google maps!), didn’t leave much room for anything else, so it’s been awhile since I’ve created work “art.” The concept of a self-portrait depicting “where I am now” flummoxed me and for a while I just spun my jets, coming up and rejecting several concepts, finally hitting upon the idea of making “samplers” from several of my journal pages and iPhone photos. Now I’m obsessed with samplers and have purchased several books about sampler history and makers (apparently even ancient Egyptian girls sewed them!).
Making stuff and especially stitching are how I revel myself. It’s wonderful to be return to what matters most to me.