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My Week at QSDS – Part 2

As I said in my last post, we had an intimate group of 8 students in our class with Rosalie Dace.  We were from all walks of life,  among us, a physician, an art professor, an English professor, and several other educators.  This was a very personal journey for all of us.

Sheila decided to make a quilt in a very three dimensional vein and it nearly twirled off the surface of her quilt.  Her quilt was inspired by memories of a dear friend she lost to illness.048She also did some wonderful hand stitching across the bands of color.  It’s hard to see but she filled these long bands with batting to make them stand out and it reminded me of a skirt twirling around and around.  All these fabrics except the background were hand dyed by her.047

JoAnn didn’t get to dance as a child but now she and her husband love to dance together.IMG_1758  Her quilts definitely dance!

Jo did a wonderful stitch and slash quilt with a vintage tablecloth with the under layer of colors peeking through.  She actually worked on two quilts.  The upper one using  color blocks with beautiful hand dyes. IMG_1757

Ruth was the most focused on her project and worked all hours of the day and night.  She suffers from PTSD and this was the first time she was able to make a quilt specifically about her experience.  It was very powerful.IMG_1755

Nancy was at a crossroads in her life and her themes were chaos and order.054IMG_1763

Laurel called her piece Dusk and used many shades of grey.  It also included images of her family.  The little bits of orange really popped on this background.IMG_1759

Lynn went for a Dali-esque landscape with a play on words:  Eyedentity (identity)IMG_1760061

Colleen and Candace were our dorm suite-mates and they took the Expressive Dye Painting class with Sue Benner.  They were both prolific!IMG_1764 - CopyThey are both engineers and met at QSDS after not having seen each other for 17 years!

At the end of the week we all toured the classrooms to see what everyone accomplished.  That evening we attended a gala auction event to benefit scholarships for QSDS.  Sheila and I donated small quilts.  Here is her beautiful and elegant beaded work.Sheila

Here is my Kandinsky #5030

Here are some othersIMG_1780 IMG_1777 - Copy IMG_1776 - Copy

We also got to see works sent in by past teachers at QSDS.  I apologize for not having all the names.  I know the first one is by Sue Benner.IMG_1775 - Copy IMG_1770 - Copy IMG_1769 - Copy

We also took a bus trip to Quilt National which is probably the most prestigious quilt show and known internationally as the one with the most serious artists.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures but one of the entrants, Kathleen Loomis, was allowed to take pictures at the opening and she blogs about it here http://artwithaneedle.blogspot.com/2015/05/best-place-in-show.html  She posts a lot of interesting commentary so it’s worth scrolling through the subsequent posts.

Rosalie was one of the three jurors and prepared us for the trip by telling us what they looked for as jurors:

1.  Evidence of the artists own voice

2.  Mastery of the skill or technique

3.  Evidence of some kind of risk taking

4.  Good composition

Wow factor, am I going back to it?, Does it draw me in?  First impression is huge!

Good  photograph.

I was impressed by much of the work, some of it left me scratching my head….(what were the jurors thinking?), there were quilts making strong social commentary and my brain was too full by the end.  Read Kathleen’s blog, you’ll see what I mean.

Will I ever figure out what is my voice??  Will I ever be able to work in a series for longer than three quilts?  We’ll see.  I’m determined to find my way.  Here’s a great quote Rosalie gave us from Calvin Coolidge:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.  Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent”

Guess I’ll head back to the studio and keep working!

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