As one of my goals for April, I wanted to create and enter at least one piece in the Town and Country Amateur Art Show for the very first time. Though this show is specifically for amateurs, I still have never thought of myself as enough of an artist to create and submit a piece. I take things to the fair every year, but the fair is different because fair judges assess technique and skill, cleanliness and how well you adhere to standards like stitch size and uniformity or how well you've chosen colors or materials. At the fair, you can bring things from patterns or kits and you are judged on how well you MADE those items. At an art show, it has to be your original work and you are judged on.....I don't really know! Artistic merit? Decorative value? We'll find out, because I created not one but three original pieces and submitted them. The show will run May 5-19 with a public critique by the judging panel on the 19th.
The first piece is actually a table runner but I hung it like a banner. It's an improv-style quilt of solids. The fabrics are mostly cottons but I also snuck in a few velvets and satins for variety.
This is a felt and beadwork piece of textile art with some embroidery and couching.
And this one is felt and couched yarn with a cotton border. I was really in a penny-rug mood in case you couldn't tell!
This is me, looking fairly artistic. I'm wearing an awesome fez I got at an estate sale.