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Friday, September 16, 2011

A Slice of Dayton

Dayton Art Institute photographed by Ronnie Doyal

Dayton Art Institute in fabric. My slice.
On of the several projects I've been working on in the last few weeks has been a "slice" of the Dayton Art Institute. 

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.

6 comments:

Diana Angus said...

I think you nailed it!

Michigoose said...

Thanks Diana. I'm hoping it lines up correctly as I discovered that my vinyl overlay (which I used to check position) was lighter weight than I usually used and shifted somewhat (crinkled then stretched). I tried to get in touch and register it, but didn't get a response, so I forged ahead.

I'm also a bit concerned that it isn't an "arty" interpretation so much as a faithful rendition...but then I tend towards realism...and thus, according to some art quilters, I'm not doing art. ;?

Marilyn Wall said...

Nice Lisa. I am still in awe of you.

Michigoose said...

Thanks, Marilyn. I guess we have a mutual admiration "messiety" as I am in awe of your works as well! Lisa

Diana Angus said...

We keep having these disagreements about what is art and what is not. I recently spent a day with two out of town friends with MFA's and one in art history and one a former curator, like your background.

I am newer and self taught. I believe that the art quilt or fiber art community needs to do more to support each other and less to exclude certain subgroups of people. Just do not understand. . .

Michigoose said...

Bingo, Diana! We shouldn't be shutting down folks, but helping them to grow.