I'll walk you through my approach and thought processes. First I pulled out some fabric from long ago that was covered with bright red lips. I have no idea where I got it but it always intrigued me... but what to do with it? Lips... I kept coming back to gossiping and rumors. That lead to thinking about how rumors get started and the design turned into a "Recipe For A Rumor". I know it's silly!
A Recipe For A Rumor
1. A Pound of Truth
2. Mix in Exaggeration and Confusion
3. Double the Excitement
4. Stir Ingredients until Well Blended
5. Bring to a Rolling Boil
6. Simmer until Thickened and Reduced
7. Add a Pinch of Calm
8. Adjust Seasonings until You Find the Rumor Tasteful!
The second piece was refurbished from an art quilt I had always meant to tweak becasue it never seemed quite complete. I disassembled it, cut it up and reformatted the entire piece creating something new. I was thinking about my children during the design process and it's homage to them. The text says "There are two lasting bequests we can leave our children: one is roots and the other is wings" by Hodding Carter Jr.
Finally the members were challenged by fellow artist, Roz Spann. Roz gave each of us a bag full of red items in a bag. We had to incorporate each item into our design. It was tough - there were ribbons, beads, burlap and more. I came up with "A Is For Apple". It will be fun to see each artists 12" X 12" challenge piece side by side on the gallery wall!