National Fiber Directions is a bi-annual fiber show held at the Wichita Center for the Arts. This show is dear to me for several reasons.
I heart Kansas! While I am not particularly happy with Governor Brownback’s cutting of art funding, Kansas is still the state where I was born and raised. I will forever love the rolling hills of eastern Kansas. Yes, Kansas does have hills, you just have to know where to look for them.
I’ve got a perfect track record with this show. For all other national quilt and fiber shows, I’ve gotten the usual acceptance, acceptance, rejection, acceptance pattern–for some of them it is more like rejection, rejection, acceptance, rejection, but that is another story. This story is about the positive. I have applied to this show three times, and I’ve gotten in three times. Gotta like that.
It’s a fiber show. The more I show my work, the more I get excited about fiber shows. Fiber is just about the wackiest medium out there. It’s everything from cantaloupe peel to Fred Meyer plastic shopping bags. I am always honored to be selected to participate in the mayhem. Especially because my work uses the most traditional definition of fiber. I guess this might be one instance when I am actually a conservative.
In celebration of this good news, I thought I’d share the pieces I have shown in this exhibit over the last three shows.
In 2009, Jason Pollen was the juror and he selected Owsley’s Owls. This was my first acceptance into a show in a gallery/art center setting. Prior to this show, I had really only exhibited at quilt shows. I guess that’s another reason I love this show–they were my first.
Owsley’s Owls is one of my favorites. It is my take on the classic technique broderie perse which is a type of appliqué where you use the images in the fabric to create your design. I have long wanted to make more quilts using this method, but some other project always seems to be in the queue before it.
This year, juror Pauline Verbeek-Cowart selected Treasure Map. I named this quilt Treasure Map because, like a treasure map, it looks simple. But when you really start looking at it, you realize it’s a lotta-lotta stitching. Each little treasure map within the bigger treasure map is composed of seven pieces that when stitched together measure about 1 1/2”. Treasure Map is also a precursor quilt for my series of Color Grid quilts.
Do you have a favorite show? What makes it special?