A post in an occasional new series – looking back at artworks or mediums I worked in from earlier in my artist years.
Here I show you a fabric wall hanging from 1999.
It’s called “Along the Beach Road” and I made it from my memories of various views of the New Jersey shore in the southern part of the state. As I remember, around this time, we did a show on the boardwalk in Cape May and took the opportunity to drive around and snap some photos. This wall hanging is purely from my imagination, though. It’s maybe 24″ x 28″ ,more or less? Or maybe a little bigger? Back then I did not keep records on these statistics as I do now.
This piece received a lot of attention, as I remember. For one thing, it won Best of Show at the Lansdale (PA) Festival of the Arts in August 1999.
In April, 2000, I entered three wall hangings in a juried show at the William Penn Charter School, a private school in Philadelphia that at the time had an art event to benefit the school. My work was accepted and I remember receiving very nice compliments from the judge, which really encouraged me. Here I am with my three pieces on display.
To create my fabric work, I laid out a base level of canvas fabric and pinned the cut fabric pieces to it. I then machine-sewed them to the base, using either free motion stitching, (such as you see for the vegetation), or closely spaced zigzag stitching (for areas I wanted outlined, such as the roofs of the buildings). In neither case did I turn under fabric edges – they are all left raw. In this way you can see that I worked as I later did in paper collage.
Like pretty much all of my fabric work this piece was sold long ago. But I do have many good memories of it, as you can see, and it was art that I was proud of making.
Of course these caught my eye and my heart. Beautiful work.
Thank you. Just writing this post reminded me of a time in my life and I enjoyed being back in it, even in memory. Also reminds me, when we are able to travel, I will go to see the ocean again.
Wow unique art congrats on your past accomplishments. I love the perspective of the image and all the lovely texture .. How are you doing? I hope all is well 💓
You are amazing! Thank you for sharing your art.
Thank you. I loved this piece and have enjoyed revisiting the memories it brought up, seeing its photo again.
I like the strength of the compositions and the harmony of the colours. Textile arts are most definitely not in my wheelhouse so I always admire the skills and talent of people who can work in this medium.
Thank you. Like everything else I sort of evolved things through experimentation. I learned a lot about composition and colors through fabric art.
This is great fun seeing this work again. And a trip down memory lane also! Thanks for this post.
You’re welcome. I enjoyed the trip too. Added to my post virus list: visit the ocean again.
Wow – so you do incredible art with fabric too. I suspect if I gave you a box of paper clips you would create something spectacular with those too! 🙂
Thank you. Fabric art was my first venture into artmaking, I felt comfortable with it since I was familiar with fabric from making clothes (which as I think I have said, I was not very good at it). Don’t know about the paper clips, but I feel I’d make a try, if that was what I had to work with. Hmmm how about some twisty little people?
Congrats on the Best-of-Show award Claudia. That is awesome and well deserved. I love these wall hangings- even the little peeks at the other two are exciting.
I’m with you- twenty years ago, I did not take photos of my artwork. Now, most of it has been sold or given away- I do wish that I had record of it all. Or, if I actually saw it, maybe not. LOL
Thank you. I took photos from the beginning of most things, and I am glad I did, but…I do cringe a lot.
😅 We all have cringe worthy stuff I’m sure.😅
Oh, love it!…
Thank you. This was one of my favorite fabric pieces ever.
It is super!…
Thank you. I have put on my list, when things are better, to make sure I return to the shore and look at the ocean again in person. This wall hanging reminded me.
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