As soon as I completed my final commission piece, I revved up my sewing machine and launched into one last push on Re-Shirts before the Unitarian Universalist Art Fair this past weekend. I managed to assemble a few more from fabrics I snipped into shape and stored for the occasion. I wanted to have a nice selection because the Re-Shirts were a big hit at the ‘UU’ show last season. I even picked up a few shirts I had at 'The Gathering' in town and ended up with sixty-two Re-Shirts. Just as I was building up artistic steam for the show, a big storm came barreling out of the Midwest. It dropped ice on us during set-up, then eight inches of snow overnight and through Friday.
The schools were closed and the town pretty well shut down, but I drove in to meet the enthusiastic crowd of eight or so shoppers that braved the weather. On the bright side, I had lots of time to needle-felt, talk to my friends and even do some Christmas shopping without any crowds! Saturday dawned a little cold and crispy, but more people did venture out. It was good to see some familiar faces that I get to see only once or twice a year and catch up. The smaller crowds yielded longer and more meaningful conversations, which I liked.
The good news is that I have plenty of Re-Shirts for the Bloom show in February! I'm sure I’ll till make a few more, though. I’ve had several comments or requests for Re-shirts that are a little longer in the front. I re-designed my tank in all three sizes such that it is about four inches longer both places. I’ve created the pattern and I’ll try it out before Christmas. My plan is to give great Aunt Lois the first one in blue, which is her color, so don’t tell her!
Partly because of the show, I have done a fair amount of needle felting lately. I finished the lemon and orange rinds for my fruit plate piece. That reminds me of the story of the piece, which is a nice circle. My booth at the UU show is next to Abby Gitlitz, the glass artist. Last year we got to talking about Turkish food. Abby used to live in Turkey and she speaks the language. She offered to bring me a recipe for imam bialdi, my favorite dish at Anatolia on Fourth Street in town. Abby brought me a cookbook that happened to have an image of a bunch of vegetables laid out on a plate as a salad, some assembly required. That image inspired the “Summer Salad” piece, and now, a year later, “Fruit Plate.”
I was also reminded that last summer, Marcy Neiditz, ceramicist extraordinaire, gave me a pale green, thick, wool sweater that she shrank. I’m never sure what I’ll use materials for, but I discovered that the green was just perfect for the inside of kiwis slices! I added the brown skins onto the kiwi slices during slow times at the show. I even had time to work on the pink fruit of watermelon triangles. I previously dyed some fleece with cherry and strawberry kool-aid to get just the right color. When the show was finally over Saturday afternoon, we packed up in record time and celebrated another successful show in our own special way, with homemade kluski and a warm blackberry pie! I think there’s still one slice left for tomorrow’s breakfast with coffee. Now I can focus on the holidays and reclaiming the house. The power of two boys to reduce order and cleanliness in a house should never be underestimated. Then I’ll get to move back into my art studio and weave! I’m so excited!
Until next week,