My FiberArts Northeast group had a special exhibit of our "totem" pieces at the Northern Star Quilter's Guild's annual World of Quilts show this weekend. We hung our "Spirit Flags" in the hallway to attract attention to the classroom where the 8' long pieces were hung.
Below is a close-up of Nike's, which was made with lace paper as well as fabric. It was one of my favorites.
Below, you see pieces by Nancy Mirman (left) and Claire Oehler (right). They are both very experienced quilters and took a similar approach to the 8-foot length by dividing it up into sections. Nancy likes to use unusual found objects, as seen by the pressed leaves she used on a subdued silk background, while Claire chose more traditional appliqued blocks and bright cotton fabrics. Both were stunning to see.Natalya Aiken's piece. She often uses architectural elements in her pieces and chose windows for her totem. She used a lot of recycled materials like dryer sheets as well as gold foil or paint, which is why it's so reflective in this shot. In the background you can see Kathi Jahnke's piece which also incorporated windows.
Here is another shot of Kathi's windows. I love the colors and the way they turn independently. Another totally unique approach!
Here is a shot of the other side of Natalya's piece. I should've taken some close-up shots of hers. As usual, the detail and workmanship were gorgeous.
Vivien Zepf chose a more political theme for her piece. I love the traditional red, white, and blue color scheme in combination with the block piecing and the text. It was hard to get a shot of the back of hers, which was also striking. You can see a piece of it by clicking here.
This is an underwater-themed piece created by Norma Schlager. I love the way she used two 8-foot long sections and hung them back-to-back so the fish on the other piece look like they're swimming in the distance.
And finally, here is mine, hung in the back corner of the classroom, near the clock. How do you like the "waves" at the top of the piece? I used a stick from the backyard to hang it from, to look more natural. I also tried to create an illusion of depth by layering the sheers and other components. Unfortunately, it was hung so what I considered the back of the piece was more visible than the front. On this side, only two of the three seahorses are visible.
I tried to turn it around, below, but it kept rotating back the other way. It must've made a good enough impression though, because apparently, someone was inquiring about buying it! That's a good sign! Will I be able to part with it? And for how much?