I managed to log 26 hours of quilting time this past week. Here is the evidence of that effort. Yes, I am collecting these thread balls. I have an idea, but it might take me several years of collecting to get the materials I need.
In the meantime, it reminds me of artists who make art out of lint. I’ve never been a big fan of lint art, but today, while preparing this post, I changed my mind.
Just like all other art forms–there is good dryer lint art and there is bad dryer lint art. I’ll show you a few beautiful pieces to see if you agree. Jean Shin’s work is ethereal. Nick Cave’s lint works in harmony with wool, socks, paint, and wood. I’d wear this vest designed by Shelly Simcha. Nancy Jurs collected dryer lint for 35 years to create this piece. Considering I’ve only been collecting for about six months, it might be a while before my thoughts become physical objects. While I wasn’t quilting, I stitched up the Roza pattern by Kate & Rose. I was very pleased with the results. I especially like the neckline. Speaking of lint, I imagined a new way of cleaning my long arm quilting machine’s wheel tracks. Packaging tape works wonders. I spent way too many hours organizing my work for upcoming shows. That’s a task I am not fond of, but the new storage boxes Walt built do make the process easier. The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank purchased Berry Picking this year for their collection. Last week they had a reception to unveil the newly purchased pieces. Here is Fairbanks artist Annie Duffy being interviewed by local media. And here is her amazing piece that is now part of the Art Bank Collection. The new art was hung through out the offices of the Alaska State Council on the arts and guests were invited move through the space and enjoy the new pieces. The event featured surreal chocolate by Sweet Chalet. Just to be ridiculous, I would like to juxtapose the yummy chocolates from the reception with these dryer lint chocolates. You know. The rule of threes. Lint, lint, and more lint. Every time I go to the ASCA office, I think about the strip mall they are located in. It’s a little hard to see in this picture, but there is a Brown Jug Liquor Store next to the True Vine House of Worship and then there is the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Sin-Salvation-and Art all living right next to each other in Mountain View.
I like that. It’s good to embrace the diversity.