When I signed on to the Quiltart list, my thought was that these were creative people, doing interesting work with fiber and I wanted to be a part of that. Or perhaps it was that I was already moving outside the box of traditional quilt making and I wanted a community wider than the local quilt guild. (Although the local quilt guild is a wonderful group that has never been less than encouraging no matter what I bring for “Show and Tell.”) What I found, however, was a group that has interests wider than art quilts.
The list exposed me to new ideas, new techniques, new challenges. A posting led me to the Sketchbook Project and that led me to the Fiction Project. Somehow one of those Sketchbook Project links led me to Creative Swaps. Since I love a challenge, I couldn’t wait to sign up.
I just finished participating in my first swap: “Colour My World.” As is always the case for me, the challenge was not without its challenges. As if deciding on a color was not enough, I couldn’t decide whether to draw and collage or use fabric for my ATCs. So I compromised. Two ATCs are paper and two are fabric. My color choice was influenced by an article I read recently about new names for paint colors – names like “weekend in the country” (blueish? greenish? and besides, it is not a color, it’s a Sondheim song) and the names of some of the new colored pencils I bought for outdoor sketching (“limegrass” and “chocolate”.)
So – “Colour My World Chocolate.” I was really tempted to just sketch fancy chocolates, but ended up cutting paper and fabric to make collages. For the cardboard ATCs I used brown pastels to create a “chocolate” background. The chocolate fabric card began with a brown and gold fabric. That card includes a hand-knit “chocolate.” (The card that is clearly not chocolate is “Colour My World Confetti,” a gift for the swap hostess.Now that I’ve done one swap I am eager to do another and see where it takes me. I expect the next set of cards to be more layered and more detailed and at least equally challenging.