Thursday, March 13, 2014

No Art Show for Me... This Time

I'm kind of bummed neither of my pieces made it in to the art show, but I didn't really expect it. One was a redwork piece I had finished a while ago. It was based on a gift I made for my little sistar. You can see that post here.

Redwork of Zachary, Fiona, and Schuyler- 6" hoop


The other submission was a new piece I finished just in time to submit. I am really proud of how it turned out.

 I chose this selfie from when Fiona & I were working on her photo essay of the Champlain Canal.

Figuring out the pattern
 I wanted to do something a bit different, so I decided to put words in Fiona's sunglasses. Words to represent the things she thinks & dreams about. I thought of "art," "music," "star." Then I thought of "fame." I decided on "fame" & "art," because I thought that really summed up the struggle between creativity and the desire to be known for that creativity.

Adding words to the glasses
I played around with some different fonts & my handwriting. I asked for opinions on the "art" because I wasn't sure which one I liked better.

I decided against red, even though I was using the redwork style of embroidery that I love & favor. I wanted colors to represent Fiona. I chose black with just a bit of turquoise (DMC #3846) for the sunglasses. Then I framed it in a 10" hoop.

Tween Ambition by Tisha Dolton



Next time I try for an art show, I may have to spring for true framing & work on getting better images.

10 comments:

  1. I think this is a great piece, but I also think that the judges probably expected a more professional presentation. You must learn from the experience and continue to submit work. You are an artist and I'm confident that you will continue to seek recognition in future shows.....so there.
    xx

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    1. Agreed. After I submitted my work to the show I saw another embroiderer who had won a ribbon elsewhere & noticed hers was matted & framed. I'm not a fan of putting embroidery behind glass, but I think it will be a necessary evil if I want to get into these kind of shows.

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  2. Wow!!!
    Gorgeous work!
    Love the last one ;)

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  3. It looks great - and don't give up the art show idea!

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    1. Thanks Jules. I appreciate the vote of confidence.

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  4. Both pieces are beautifully done! Love the second one - you nailed the likeness :) Don't give up, learn from the experience. You are so talented!

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    1. Thanks so much. I just enjoy making these so much. Just need to keep plugging away.

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  5. I love the black with the pop of turquoise. I think it's so great that you put yourself out there for a show and I know you'll find a show that's right for you! Your portraits are so lovely!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca. I like the black with the turquoise so much, I am working on another with the same pallet!

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