My Favorite Books

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Poetry Challenge Art Work

The Happy CCC Fiber Group
Front row starting on the left: Elsie, Michelle & Joyce
Back row starting on the left: Me, Karen, Carol, Debra & Chris

A talented group for sure and we had lots of food and inspiration to keep us talking for several hours! We were missing a few members due to other commitments, but we did SKYPE our member who now lives in Italy, Lois Ann! LA sent me her Inspired by the Masters - Van Gogh piece. Isn't it beautiful!!!
LA is so, so talented and she just had 11 of her art pieces on exhibit in Italy! She also does beautiful watercolor cards which she's going to be selling soon. You can see some of her pieces on my blog post here. I'll make sure to have the link to her Etsy shop when she is up and running which should be after the 1st of the year.

Now onto our 2010 CCC Challenge. This piece is by Mary (she wasn't able to attend our party). It was actually a picture of her Inspired by the Masters - Van Gogh art quilt (which is currently on exhibit) that she adhered to a large cardboard piece.
Mary placed the poem on the back of the cardboard in the leaves of the tree. Very clever and her actual quilt is beautiful! It's currently on exhibit with the rest of our exhibit.
This piece is by Michelle (my margarita friend!)! She had this dyed, muslin piece from one of our past dye camps and said she had the piece finished within a few weeks after the announced 2010 theme!
I had to show the back of Michelle's piece as well. Very nice job. Her poem was written by Mattie Stepanek. If you don't know about this young man, read about him here. Most libraries have some of his writings..check them out.
This piece is by Karen! And the most interesting thing about her piece is she made it yesterday morning before she came to the party!! It's based on the poem 'The Duel' by Eugene Field. OK, so I was raised in a cave and I didn't know of this poem but several others did! Talk about feeling like an outcast! geezzz Anyway, Karen did a great was SO cute! And actually a lot of work to do that morning! Each section was attached to 8 1/2" X 11" cardboard.
This is my piece based on a poem about butterflies (author unknown). I quilted the piece (8"x8"); then attached with hand stitching onto a gallery wrap canvas; rolled acrylic paint over the piece; painted the butterfly and extended painting leaves outside the piece; printed the poem onto Extraganza then attached w/ gel medium to the bottom of the canvas.

This piece is by Carol! She's been taking an online watercolor class by Jane LaFazio on Her piece was around 5" x 7" and very nicely done. She has several layers of tracing paper/tissue paper for the lettering.

This was a journal size quilt done by Debra. I won't say much more about this piece but will send you to her web site here instead. Some of you may recognize Debra's stunning work and winning quilts! Her piece was based on a poem 'Bird of Paradise'. This piece looks like a photo doesn't it.
Joyce's piece was based on....Mary Had A Little Lamb. It was actually a basket as you can see here. So much work involved in this! And so clever!!

Our challenge this year was so unique, we were unable to vote on the winner as we've done in the past. So, we put all the entries in a box and Elsie drew the winning name. Our winner was, TADA..Chris!! Now the sad part is I didn't get a picture of Chris' quilt! Yes, I got sidetracked yakking! It was really nice with pieces of pages from a book and quilted. I asked Chris to send me a picture and I'll make sure to post it. Chris was the one who gave us the suggestion for this year's challenge. She also won the book, Taking Flight:Inspiration and Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings by Kelly Rae Roberts for her entry.
So that was our challenge for this year. Michelle gave us some 'inspiration' by providing cardboard tri-fold pieces for next year's challenge! That should work out to be another interesting and unique challenge. So now to watch our beloved LIONS!!!


  1. all i can say is wow! what incredible work! you are so fortunate to be surrounded by good friends--who also happen to be very talented artists.

  2. You guys are amazing. I too love fabric. If you do not stop posting all these pretty things I am going to find myself at the fabric store starting yet again another hobby. Great post. I'm jealous. I wish I could get a beading group together in Chattanooga. Everyone looks so happy. Lucky and talented girls.

  3. You are part of a talented group, Robbie. I had to click on all the photos and take a closer look. Everyone did some fabulous work, I am impressed. Great interpretations of the poems. BTW, I am not familiar with the poem The Duel either, I better go look it up. Not only are you a talented group but you are all lovely looking ladies! Nice group photo. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Hi, came across your site today, and wanted to comment on how creative and uplifting it is! I also wanted to thank you for linking to my son's website (Mattie J.T. Stepanek) when displaying the art that was inspired by one of his poems.
    Jeni Stepanek.

  5. These are wonderful! They combine two of my favorite things -- poetry and art! Now if we could just include some chocolate...