Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Emerging Art Quilter by Joni Feddersen

This challenge has been the most difficult yet for me…it got personal. How does one represent themselves ? I struggled with this until I remembered the last rule in this challenge – have fun! I took a deep breath and jumped in by playing with a photo of myself, digitally altering it. I grabbed some fun feathers that were begging to be used and framed my face with them, and the fun began. Using fused appliqué and some playful embroidery stitches this quilt emerged (and me with it) bringing me further out of the box of traditional quilting and into the world of art exploration. This challenge turned from a fearful thing to a delightful exercise. The quilt is 10x12.
Comments are appreciated.


anna k. said...

what a great reult. I love it and you look so happy.
I don't think you are emerging, you have emerged. I do like the embroidery and the embellishments
Well done,
Anna K.

Betty Donahue said...

How fun. I agree with everything Anna said.

Carole said...

What a cutie!! I am so glad you did this!
It is true, isn't it? The 'getting personal'? I had hoped to do something more 'face'...more, I say? altho' I do have a self-portrait incorporated into my piece.
This piece is so inspirational, watch.. we will see more of these. And, again... nice to see some computer work.
Keep up the good work .

Cherie in Del Mar said...

I love all the embellishing on your quilt! How did you attach those coins...are the rings soldered on?

Joni said...

Thanks for asking about my quilt. The coins are part of a packaged "fringe" that you buy at Micheals. They are attached to a strip of twill, that is concealed by the binding. It was tricky sewing close to the beads, but not hitting any of them with the needle. Joni

Cynthia Ann Morgan said...

Hi Joni,
What a great smile you have and how it complements the joy of this piece! Love your fabric choices, too

Cay Denise said...

Hi Joni,

The work in this piece doesn't look as rich from far away as it does when closer up (after clicking the image for the larger view).

The feathers are a very interesting edge treatment for the photograph and provide a sense of wispiness that you'd expect hair to have. The white areas look somewhat coccoon-like...or similar to folding the edges a soft pod open. The stitching on them is lovely as well!

The top right and left side grids look like foiled fabric that has been stitched. Is that what you did?

The piece overall evokes an impression of something that has been in the dark emerging into the light.