First, the postman brought a wonderful surprise with this most recent issue of Quilting Arts' Gifts. Wow! Four of our Sisters' had projects featured: Barb Adams, Deb Bento, Vivika DeNegre, and Carol Ludington. They all had been quiet about their participation and surprised us all. Each offered a project that we all consider their 'own' to be sure. In our group, Barb has always described her many trip in terms of her gorgeous journals. Deb's notepad holders have been one of her most sought-after items in the Guilford Art Center's Gift Shop. Carol Ludington has been a dyer of note...and local instructor...for ages. Her trademark (IMHO) is her crystal clear ice dyed fabrics. And, Vivika...gosh, where would I begin?!
THEN, Gifts was followed shortly by the Oct/Nov 2012 Quilting Arts issue. Lynn Krawczyk interviewed four quilt groups from across the county...Sisters in Cloth among them...on how to start your own fiber art group. A subject near and dear to my heart.
The opening photograph shows seven of the twelve members at one of our regular meetings...a critical mass, per usual, but hardly ever a full complement. Carol Ludington (see above), Liz Shore, Robin Wolek, Debbie Bento (see above), me, Janine Anderson-Bays and Marie Shepherd. One of the cool parts of this is that the photo represents the total twelve years that we have been in existence. Liz, Robin, Deb, Janine and I were there in the beginning when we were first formed from the Guilford Newcomers' Club. (interestingly, Liz had dropped out a few years ago to return to employment and has just recently re-joined the group). Carol and Marie joined later as the group morphed from Newcomers' to wider membership.
This photo was taken at one of the installations of Double Take, our exhibit that traveled to several venues around the area. It was a collaborative effort, joining our work with that of photographer Rosemary Delucco Alpert. This page features Yvette Howard (another one of the Newcomers) and Deb, along with a childhood friend of hers, Debbie Kouzoukian, enjoying the opening reception.
The last photo in the article is that of Linda Zimmerman's wonderful interpretation of one of Alpert's photographs, Pink Hydrangea.
I am so proud of my friends' successes in their journeys as artists. It has been such a wonderful meandering, joyful trip!