A big project…. Culture Capital 2012

Well, well, well…

I’m finally over the surprise, so I can write about it now.

Around the beginning of March, I heard about a call for entry that the Region of Niagara had put out for textile and/or mixed media artists.  Normally I wouldn’t pay too much attention, but this call specifically included beaders!  So, I thought, why not?  I submitted two bead embroidered pieces (one a wall hanging, the other a “sampler”), and a large bead embroidered pendant.

bead embroidered pendant
"A day at the lake" bead embroidered pendant that I submitted for the jury's consideration.

The call for entry didn’t have too many details, and in fact I was a little hazy when I got my pieces back if I had been chosen or not.  There was a letter inviting me to an information session, but that didn’t seem like a definitive answer.  Anyway, I went off  to the meeting last Tuesday evening, and found out that – yes – I was chosen to be part of this (very large) installation that is for one of the 2012 Culture Capital projects that Niagara Region is doing!

The artists t-shirts that we received. Apparently, orange is haunting me this year!

However, here’s the part that caused me to lay awake Tuesday night…. I’m not just the “team embellisher”; nope, I have my very own panel!  Wow – that really threw me for a loop.

Those of us doing panels that represent the bounty of Niagara (I’m grapes!) seem to be the “alternate” media (the very large landscape panels are quilted), and these panels are large, by bead embroidery standard: 18″ wide by 54″ high!!  Yikes.  Obviously, I’m not going to be bead embroidering the whole thing, that would be a lifetime project.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do know how to sew.  In fact, I used to sew my own clothes in my late teens and early 20s.  However, I think it would be stretching it if I were to say I can quilt; and I think my old sewing machine might quit in protest if I tried saying that!

Anyway, once I laid awake and developed a plan of attack, and then sketched it out the next day, I felt better.  The way I see it now, I’m going to concentrate the beadwork on the grapes.  The other miscellaneous elements will be sewn or hand embroidered, or….  maybe there’ll be some other surprise elements!  After all, this is a mixed media project!

Now that the shock of being chosen has worn off – I AM EXCITED!!  This really is quite an opportunity for me (and all of the artists who were chosen).  The group of artists is rather formidable, and it is an honor to be in their midst!  So, to get the ball rolling, I’ve bought the background fabric and hope to get that sewn together this weekend.

fabric and paper guide
The brown paper is to be used as a guide for size, and the fabric pieces are the ones for the background.

We have until the end of August to finish our panels.  I’ll definitely be giving you updates as I go along!

Hope you are having a nice Easter weekend.  I’m going to work in the garden this afternoon!


5 Responses to A big project…. Culture Capital 2012

  1. Congratulations! This is wonderful news and a well deserved honour. Now get to work. This is going to be a major work.

  2. How awesome, inspiring and daunting, Valerie! How great!! I can understand the size of your panel throwing you, but I’m sure you come up with something amazing – you’re so talented! I love the beaded pendant you submitted!

    & how funny – I’m being haunted by orange too :) I think the enameled tangerine flower pendant you made in January is so beautiful :) Orange doesn’t necessarily make me happy just like that, but actually because for me it’s been the hardest colour to learn to love :) It’s a challenge, that’s why I appreciate it so much I think :)

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