Friday, March 7, 2008

Out of the Box

I was invited to join a local artists creativity group, Out of the Box, by Kathy Mack at Pink Chalk Studio. They are a group of artists who work on a given challenge idea, drawn from the box, each month and come together at a local coffee shop to share their projects. I attended my first meeting in February, but didn't have time to complete a project. The meeting was also cut short because it started to snow. I did, though, learn the new project from the box was "switchplates."
The original idea was to decorate a switchplate for your house. Since the group seemed to be keen on breaking the rules, I decieded to take it a step further and create a switchplate quilt. The backgroud is a piece of green painted fabric that I quilted with gold thread. I painted the switchplates with various shade of purple paint, much in the same way I painted my frames. I then attatched them to the quilt using the screws that came with them. I added the vintage purple glass button that I had just found at the Sewing Expo for $.25 to the center. The quilt was rather flimsy with all that added plastic so I mounted it on black mat board that I still had hanging around from my college days. I think a graphic design project that wasn't quite working is hiding behind the quilt. And I just had to add the frame because that is what I have been having so much fun doing the last week. I really had a lot of fun using something so unconventional to make a art quilt. And I'm already ahead of the game for next month -- make a piece of art using something in an unconventional way.


Cyber Fyber said...

I'm suppose to be organizing the traded postcards and creating labels for the upcoming CYBER FYBER exhibition....but this requires me to "copy and paste" blog addresses...and this allows me to peek in to various blogs! Your piece is awesome! Your idea is brilliant. The entire work is GREAT! Okay....back to work!
PS The exhibition will be insured! That's my really GOOD news for the day!

Vivien said...

I just love how your quilts have such saturated colors. I think this is a fun piece. Do you think your little ones will put their fingerprints all over these switch plates? :)

Chris said...

This is gorgeous!

ewa-christine said...

Lovley and colorful.
Regards from Sweden