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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Fiberart for a Cause


Last week I visited Natalya Aikens' blog and found out about the 2009 Fiberart for a Cause.  Fiber artists donate a piece to this online reverse auction and all the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.  The auction takes place May 5-7, so save the link if you want to buy a beautiful piece of fiber collage and donate to a worthy cause at the same time.  Pieces start out at a minimum bid of $80 for the first day of the auction and then drop to $40 for the final two days.  This year will be FFC's last fundraiser and their goal is to raise $20,000 in three days.  Lately I've been hearing so many stories about people dealing with cancer, many of them young people, and I wondered if I could create an 8"x10" piece to donate.  I finished it tonight and submitted it via e-mail.  I wanted to portray something peaceful, serene, that would inspire healthful thoughts in the viewer.  Considering how long it usually takes me to complete something, I am kind of amazed I was able to take this from possibility to process to reality in less than a week.  Perhaps I work better with assignments and deadlines (or perhaps I was just inspired).  The piece is mostly commercial fabrics, both machine and hand quilted, with cotton, rayon, and metallic threads, some glass beads, and a variety of yarns and embroidery threads.  I'm calling it "Spirit Rising: Return to Eden." It reminds me of a garden described in C.S. Lewis' book The Magician's Nephew.  (I am beginning to think gardens with walls, gates, and water features are becoming a recurring theme for me.)

3 comments:

Nancy Cusumano said...

LOVE this! Hope it gets purchased!

Natalya said...

I saw the back of that piece since you were sharing the table with me and forgot to ask about it... it's lovely, I wish you had been braver...

Vivien said...

It's wonderful, Cindy! I'm sure it will make someone very happy. Love the embroidery you've done on it. I'd like to do more hand stitching in my pieces.