Saturday, January 21, 2006
NJ trip and a revelation
I knew it was going to be a good day when I saw the sunrise from my back yard. On Thursday I drove up to Rayna's house to visit with Linda from Belgium and Helene from Paducah and the rest of Rayna's crit group. Linda is in town because she has a piece in the SAQA at Noho show and came over the pond for the openings. Helene and I came because it was a good opportunity to get together with the gang.
This is a brick wall at the train station. I think it's going to become a thermofax screen - it's a very interesting design.
Thursday evening we took the train into NYC, went to dinner, and then to the reception. The gallery is small and there are only 12 pieces in the show, and as usual there was at least one that was taking up my spot :) Two pieces had already sold. Thursday night is gallery night in Chelsea, the area around the gallery, so there were lots of people going from venue to venue seeing what's there and eating the free food.
Friday morning before I left to come home, Rayna gave me a quick demonstration on doing soy wax resists. Oh my, I bought an electric frying pan on my way home and will be ordering soy wax real soon, I think.
Meeting with Rayna's crit group was energizing. Each member had work to share and none of it was ordinary. I brought the piece I've been working on and when I held it up the sun coming through the window backlit it. Oh my, it looked cool!
You can see all the overlaps of the fabrics and how they make a secondary design. I think it's particularly interesting in the yellow section. I had planned to layer this with batt and backing and do the normal quilting thing, but seeing this in a new light (!) has made me stop and think about that. I want to preserve that interesting design but I haven't a clue how to do it. Leaving it unbatted might work, but it would have to be backlit to get the full effect. Any suggestions?