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Lesson Plans

Re: time to do art, part 2

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Sun, 8 Nov 1998 15:33:39 EST

San D and other Artsednetters-
Thanks for sharing your ideas for keeping art making a priority, even with our
busy lives. I am very excited about your group, San D, and am hoping to start
such a group with some of my friends who have been moaning about never having
time to work.
I thought some of you might be interested in a project that four other artists
and I worked on last spring and summer after seeing an exhibit by Susan Shie,
in which she had some collaborative quilts. We got together on Fri. after
school with a bolt of material and each too a piece (about 25"x28") home with
the idea that we each person would start working on it in any way we wanted.
The fabric was donated and had a very pale pattern in it -- not that that
really mattered. Three weeks later, we met again and the piece we had started
on to someone else. Each time we met, we spread all the pieces out and
discussed them. When we got a new one, we responded in some way to what was
there and added on in our own style. people used every possible media you can
imagine, from stitchery to applique to fabric crayons to watercolors to sewn
or glued found objects. We had it planned so we had all rotated the pieces
once before mid June, because then we had made arrangements to stay at a
cottage on a N. Wisconsin lake to finish our "quilt". Our rent for the cottage
was that we had to paint stars on a ceiling in one bedroom. We allowed
ourselves 12 hours to get that done -- we worked frantically, all loosened up
considerably, and painted the most fantastic ceiling full of galaxies you can
imagine! The rest of the week was spent working on putting our pieces together
to create a finished piece of work. It was a fantastic experience! We never
left the cottage-- worked non stop and still didn't finish. We all love the
piece we created and just had it in a local quilt show -it was hardly a
traditional quilt. We paln to create another collaborative piece this year
--maybe a sculpture? Any ideas??? Talk about getting the creativity juices
flowing! it almost made me want to quit working alone all together, it was so
much fun to collaborate and we all pushed ourselves and each other in new
Just writing about this makes me want to start a new project!