― Maya Angelou
When Andrea and I went to Asilomar in Pacific Grove, CA, we attended a Fiber Arts Seminar called "Empty Spools". Empty Spools has been around for thirty-four years and Asilomar for longer than that. I have given you links to both websites if you want more information.
My teacher was Melinda Bula, a fabulous fiber artist who has won many awards for her art. She was very knowledgeable and fun! Her specialty is landscape quilts and BIG flowers...the same technique used in both. I was interested in the landscapes as I have a jillion pictures from various trips that I would love to recreate in fabric. So here we go!
The first thing I had to do was to select my picture. Then I had to take it to Kinkos to get it enlarged. I decided to enlarge mine to a 30" x 32" size. And this enlargement along with a whole suitcase filled with fabric and other needed supplies boarded the plane with me.
|My picture .... From the Silverton to Durango train along the Animas River in Colorado|
|My enlargement in black and white|
|Step one: determine horizons and areas of color/value|
|Step two: pin backing fabric (muslin) on foam board and begin to "audition" fabrics for large areas.|
|Step three: begin to add fusible fabrics to areas (another student is working right next to me).|
|This is my workspace...there were three of us at the same station. Mine is over by my board.|
|Continuing to add fabric...now starting to create rocks!|
|I didn't like where my water background was going so I peeled it off, put on another base of fabric and started to add foamy water. I could line my rocks up along the edge of my work to place whenever I wanted at a later time.|
|A close up of the beginning of water and ripples.|
|A closeup of my rocks and starting of water.|
|And another closeup with a subtle difference.|
I wanted to add one more picture....at the end of the day, after dinner and our walk, we would go to the Main Building Assembly Hall and listen to all the various teachers give a little talk about what they do. And there would be a little show and tell of people who had attended in years past as well as any announcements for all. There were some there who have been coming every year for a long time. One woman was the charter member...had not missed one year in 34 years!
|General Assembly Hall at Asilomar...an architectural beauty of its own!|