Once again I'm embarrassed at how lax I've been in keeping up on my blog. Can I still make a new year's resolution at the end of March?? Shall I say that I've been distracted by my first grandchild? or list all the other things I've had going this year? No, I think I'll just concentrate on the here and now.
Yesterday I spent part of my afternoon at the Ayer Lofts Gallery in downtown Lowell. We were setting up their new show, which I am pleased to be participating in. The show is Form, Function & Fantasy - Contemporary Crafts in Lowell. There are five of us participating. The others are Tarja Cockell, a weaver; Roneld Lores, a ceramics artist; Barbara Poole, a felter, and Eleni Zhodi, a fashion designer. We each have our own distinctive style and medium, which made it very exciting to see how it all came together. The opening reception happens this Thursday April 2 from 6 to 9 pm. If you can't stop by then, the gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4. The exhibit runs for the month of April. I will be gallery sitting on Saturday April 11 12-4, and again on April 19 2-4 pm. While I'm there I'll be demonstrating my "Ad Lib Embroidery" on a new piece I'm calling Pathways to Fantasy.
In terms of my own art, my other big push has been getting works ready for our Wearable Art Extravaganza II - The Four Elements. The first show that we did back in October was so successful, that we decided to do it again. This year the theme is the four elements--Air, Water, Fire & Earth. I got brave and decided to create something for each. All were created using the free lace technique. I've done "dresses" for water and fire and shawls for earth and air.
Here's just a hint of what's coming. This is the first time Rufiy tried on "water." Since then I've added cascades of "water droplets" to the bottom. You'll have to come to the event to see how I did that! This has been another great thing for pushing me out of my comfort zone. It gives me permission to just play.
Ann M. Lee