Monday, February 8, 2010

Winter's Zen--Fiber Art

Winter's Zen, 11" x 23" art quilt mounted onto a 12" x 24" painted stretched canvas
© 2010 Fannie Narte

Gerald and Debbie Tobola are gracious and hardworking owners of The Copper Shade Tree Gallery. The gallery was filled with artists, patrons, representatives from organizations in the art community, family and friends during the opening reception of The Art in Fiber Show this past weekend. Small groups situated throughout the gallery exchanged friendly hugs as long-time friends greeted one another. For many artists, this was another of a string of gallery receptions. For me, this was my first. I took advantage of the wisdom that surrounded me.

What does your typical day look like?

Tell me about your creative process. Do you start with a sketch? Do you pick your fabrics, fibers and other ingredients for your piece first? Does your title come before, during or after the artwork?

What is your inspiration?

Do you listen to music while creating or do you like it quiet?

What is your favorite medium?

How long have you been creating as an artist?

Did you start as a quilter?

These were some of the kinds of questions I asked. Why are we fascinated by the process of other artists? Why are we intrigued by the size and organization system of an artist's studio? I imagine the answers are as numerous as the sands on the seashore.

Fellow artists generously shared their thoughts, ideas and secrets of their creative processes. Many of them have been working at their fiber art for decades. Others have been playing for only two years. Some artists started because of the influence of a parent, family members or their love of art. Their stories are different, but the love and need to create is what unites all of us as artists. We have the need to express our hearts in our own unique ways.

Is it an addiction to fiber, cheesecloth, paints and fabric that binds us as a group? Why are we drawn to our studios and supplies and workshops and guilds and museums and galleries and anything art? What's your answer?


Winter's Zen sold during the show's opening weekend.

In certain places, winter is a time when the earth rests under a white blanket of snow. Nature and its landscape take a much needed rest after a fruitful growing season and a bountiful harvest. This painting invites you into my Winter's Zen, a magical forest, a place where you will feel welcome to be who you are. Leave the noise and cares of a busy life and enter a place of peace and rest.

This quilt was heavily machine quilted and embellished with beads and Swarovski crystals, which symbolizes the gentle beauty and riches of simplicity. The edges were finished with blue thread.

Why are we fascinated by anything art?

Each answer would be unique. My answer is simple, and it's my own. I am fascinated by everything art, which includes everything that affects all my senses, life, history, culture, events, and everything else in between because I am an artist, and I like to create.

Thanks for spending time with me. Live artfully, your way.


Diana Evans said...

oh wow Fannie!! what a heavnely piece...wonderful work and congrats on the sale!!!


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Lisa M Griffin said...

lovely Fannie... gorgeous texture to this piece and color range.
Hope all is well, you seem wonderfully busy. =)

Jacq said...

"Winter's Zen" is lovely. I am so very happy for you.

Scrappy Cat said...

Congrats on the sale Fannie - it's beautiful.

Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

Fannie....Congrats on your 1st gallery opening and on the sell of Winter's Zen. It is a beautiful piece.

Beth said...

Beautiful painting Fannie! And congrats on the sale! Isn't it nice to get with other artists and ask lots of questions?