Monday, April 15, 2013
International Quilt Festival Cincinnati 2013
This year, I opted not to take a class. I did go and stay in the hotel, sharing the room with fellow MVAQN'er/SAQA member Carroll Schleppi...the thought of driving in rush hour traffic on I75 southbound wasn't my idea of fun, so that's why we stayed down there.
I ran in on Thursday morning and grabbed my badge....75 had been particularly bad as it was raining buckets and we were about an hour later than we had anticipated. I didn't notice the typo on my name badge until one of the customer's said "Is that REALLY your name????" OOOPs. I sometimes make that mistake when I am typing my watermarks on my photos....but I didn't notice this one....certainly I'm saving it!
I had the pleasure of meeting Sue at the SAQA conference in Philadelphia last year....Sue loves to hike and take photos, as well as work in her garden. She is a kindred soul even if she does get out more than I do these days! Here is her website.
cyanotype print (a method of printing originally used to make blueprints) on silk of a columbine. She framed it in a patchwork of small silk pieces which just sparkle in the spotlights. Sue often combines things from her garden, or that she has found on her walks, particularly skeletal remains of animals (although sometimes she buys the remains in order to make the combos she wants). She likes columbines for the wonderful habit they have of seeding themselves....you find them in new places each spring. I also love them for the interesting color combinations and mutations that they produce. You can see more images and learn more about this piece here.
I always enjoy going to Cincinnati. I love all the wonderful things around...bits and pieces that surprise you...as well as being able to meet up with friends like Iris and Stephanie Kleinman. One surprise is the art that you find tucked away.... This wonderful piece is made from chipping away the plaster/paint areas on a wall. Pretty cool, eh?
I'm happy to say that I was so busy that I didn't get a lot of time to look at the vendors.....I did manage to get some 12 wt threads from Wonderfil and Superior. I've been wanting to try these heavier threads to see what they can do....so, I didn't do a horrific amount of damage to my pocketbook....always a danger when one attends such events.