The first thing I noticed was how much hand embroidery was in the show this year. I love seeing that, and it's definitely something that I've been seeing more of recently.
This piece is a sculpture made mostly out of dyed gut. It has several layers, and it really glowed (hence the title I suppose) there in the gallery. So luminous and fragile looking.
|Glow, by Barbara Morrison|
This beautiful kimono was covered in hand embroidery and reverse applique. The artist sat next to me during the workshop so also got to hear a little more about her process and inspiration.
|My passage to India, Janis Updike Walker|
I thought these three embroidered portraits were really wonderful. The artist is a new one to our group, but I loved all the texture. Many of the elements are dimensional, really taking advantage of some of the flexibility that comes from using fiber, and the breadth of stitches and forms you can achieve with hand embroidery. She won an award, but I can't remember which piece it was.
|Life Drawing in Thread (top), and Nude in Velvet (bottom), both by Sean Tyler|
|Seated Nude, Sean Tyler.|
I didn't get a very good picture of this piece, but it was tiny, maybe 4x6 inches, and solid hand embroidery. The artist is Darci Lenker and I love following her instagram, she shares tons of great pictures of her embroidery (@darcidolls)
|Big Raven-Emily Carr, by Darci Lenker|
I loved this quilt- It has a modern sort of edgy design vibe but is filled with traditional piecing and tons of hand quilting and embroidery. Really fun.
|Inked! Or the Quadriga of Quilting, by Agnes Stadler|
This quilt jumped out at me too- lovely improv piecing with gorgeous resonant fall colors and just a pop of print.
|Cheryl Gebhart, Liberated Log Cabins|
My good friend Charlotte Hickman had two pieces in the show as well. Her quilts include collage, applique, tons of felting, and tons of embroidery/surface embellishment. They're pieces that get more and more interesting the longer you look and it's always a treat to see them!!!
|Azaleas in the Park, by Charlotte Hickman|
|Look at the beautiful embroidery and gorgeous beads? shells? on the trunks. Such depth of color and texture!|
And finally this giant stuffed fabric sculpture made me smile. I love the neon colors and graphic shapes!
|Stub Toe, by Sam Kennedy|
The show is hanging at the AHHA gallery in Tulsa until November 24th so if you have time, go by and see it. And many thanks to the organizers, it's a ton of work to put on.