Sunday, January 1, 2017

Bee Sewcial January: RESOLUTION

January’s PromptResolution

“ When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!” (author unknown)

Zaria Forman at work on her pastel landscapes of icebergs

This past year, 2016, has left many unsettled, uncertain and some afraid. The vibrating undercurrents of what next are palpable like the tingling of the air right before you turn on the lights, knowing the static charge of electricity awaits, it’s physical manifestation a certainty. 

With the new year comes the resolutions; the personal statement of a goal, yet to be achieved. There are several definitions of the word Resolution,  but, I’d like you to focus on this: “the act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc. “

Please watch the attached Ted talk, not as a call to action on climate change, albeit a critical issue of our time, but as a story of passion, art, family, love, loss and resolution

Pay attention to the detail and scale of Zaria’s art, the laying on of hands, the colors, the personal journey…….

Working from a similar palette of colors (her paintings not her photographs)  I’d like  ” long”  block(s)- like a panoramic photograph for lack of a better analogy  (12.5” x 24.5”; 8.5” x 36”; 6.5” x 47”, etc…… you get the idea). The numbers are relative of course…… as long as it’s(they’re) rectangular, I’m good. 

Your work should reflect your personal resolution(s) for 2017, whatever that may be. It can reflect your makers resolution or something more personal. I don’t need to know your resolution, unless you’d like to share. 

You can depict that resolution however it suits you, you may mix-in any any solid fabric of your choice, (as long as it’s washable), but please keep those exotic other fabrics as composition punctuation marks, not as the composition base and limited to the color palette in Zaria’s Ted Talk (see above).

Texture is good (hence the use of other fabrics), I’ll even consider appliqué (all kinds)  as long as it can then be quilted by machine, (ie: it has to fit under the presser foot on my domestic sewing machine), are durably constructed (read washable and sturdy). Thread painting focally is OK to lend texture.  Focal embellishment with embroidery floss is also allowable.

Have fun! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Bee Sewcial members post with #beesewcial; if you’re creating along please use #inspiredbybeesewcial. 

Happy New Year everyone!!!!

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