|Dayton Art Institute photographed by Ronnie Doyal|
|Dayton Art Institute in fabric. My slice.|
Last year, the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network decided to do a series of quilts based on familiar Dayton landmarks. Ronnie Doyal, one of our members who is a professional photographer in addition to being a quilter, took photographs and Lori Gravley, Mindy Marik and I chose the shots. We then sliced them up and handed the slices out to our members to interpret in fabric. Mindy, Lori and I did the Dayton Art Institute to show as an example. Lori got the left portion, I got the middle, and Mindy got the right portion.
While I had a good start on mine and had the majority of mine completed (or so I thought) by November of last year, my chemo and Meg's graduation got in the way. At the July meeting, we had set the final date for getting them in as October, but at the August meeting it was changed to September. Gulp. I was taking Pamela Allen's online class "Think Like an Artist," had to finish quilting the borders and bind my daughter's quilt as well as get her ready to start college on Aug. 31, as well as have the Power Suit challenge done and sent.
I madly went to work on the slice...and I'm amazed at how much time I put into it in even though I thought I was well on my way. I finally finished quilting it tonight (although I am not terribly happy with the job...my numbness in my hands means I don't have the fine control I usually do...and my upper tension disks were catching the thread and causing it to break at the needle...something I've had trouble with before, even though this time I cleaned the disks twice....
The part of the reflective stainless steel sculpture in my section IS reflective fabric...while it looks yellow in my shot, it is actually reflecting the ceiling light. I used a metallic jersey fabric for it. The body of the building is rust dyed fabric. I can see that I need to work on the lettering some more as the photo of the slice shows how faint it is....when you see it in real life and up close I thought it looked stronger. This is a prime example of how the camera is your friend in seeing flaws in your art.