20 May 2012
like a roadmap
I've been talking about the purging and cleaning activities. I've got piles everywhere, ready to be mailed out to some people and others going to a garage sale and some that well, just need to go to the the craft cemetery in the sky.
My first reaction was, "Holy cow, what an incredible amount of junk." But the more times I look through things and I sort them, I realize I'm really tracing back my history.
When I first began in fiber arts, I started with crazy quilting. I remember the ad I got in the mail advertising a brand new magazine that was about to launch called Quilting Arts. All about crazy quilts, I didn't hesitate to subscribe. I still have the premiere issue, its something I decided I wanted to keep because it feels so symbolic.
Then there is the bizarre pile of fusible web I accumulated when I discovered that I could "glue" fabric down with an iron. That was the beginning of art quilting.
I also found one of my first sketchbooks. There is an entry in it that I wrote after going to an IQF. It was kind of an epiphany, here's part of what it said:
I've finally realized I'm not a true art quilter. I walked through those exhibits and stood in awe of these massive, heavily stitched quilts. Those artists carved out faces and scenes in such realism and beauty. Even the abstract pieces had a quality that I know I'll never achieve.
And I'm excited to know this about myself. But what does that make me? Where do I fit in? I wonder if I'll ever answer that question...
I'd spend years trying to find an answer. Its still not fully answered and I know now that that's the way it should be.
So all this stuff. These things that, to someone who isn't an artist, look like an incredible accumulation of things, is so much more. Its all the necessary steps that got me from the first step to where I am now.
I'm happy to be passing them along, sending them on to new homes so that other people can find the excitement I felt when I discovered them for the first time.
What about you? How did you start in fiber arts and is it very different from where you are now?