Our Fiber Art group exhibit, Orchids: Sensuality Stitched opens tomorrow at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Yesterday we gathered to hang our show and I must say it looks wonderful.
Cindy Klemmer, Director of Education at Stowe, greeted us warmly, showed us the hanging space and helped us get started.
That’s my piece on the lower left, “Ode to Gene”. My first foray into whole cloth painting and I loved it!
PJ Howard “rose to the occasion” (I couldn’t help the pun) and was deemed our unofficial ladder climber. I did not volunteer for that job because the older I get the more I find that me and ladders just don’t get along.
She came prepared with her own tool belt made out of fabric (what else for a fiber artist right?).
The hanging system at the Stowe is the typical Walker System whereby long rods are hung from a picture rail running along the wall about 10″ down from the ceiling.
Hanging clips are attached and the work is hung from these.
Our one dilemma was how were were to hang fiber art that is usually hung using a rod/slat in a sleeve.
After having made 4 of these revised sleeves I will be creating a PDF tutorial that I’ll put in my sidebar for those that want to know how to make one.
Let me just say there were few prototypes before I got to the one I eventually used for the backs of my artwork.
Here’s Deb Langsam (left) rehanging one of her pieces after adding the wire to the foam core earlier.
Susan Knapp (right) brought sewing supplies to finish adding a label to the back of one of her pieces.
The two ladies (below), on the way out of the Garden, walked in to have a gander.
Most people are still a bit uninformed about art quilts or fiber art and curiosity got the better of them. They spent a few minutes asking questions.
I love this part about exhibiting, answering questions about our work and the processes we employ and find it fascinating that people still marvel at the fact that these artworks are all made from fabric.
Included in the larger works, we each made one piece, 18 x 12, using the same photograph as inspiration.
These pieces were hung in the Garden’s atrium where we will also be doing our demonstrations (12-4pm) of some of the techniques we used in the artwork. Some of us will be available at different times to walk through the exhibition to answer questions.
To find our more info about each artist check out our blog at www.fiberartoptions.blogspot.com.
The Exhibition will run through March 14th and we’d love to have you view our show.
Feb. 6 through March 14, 2010
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden