(close-up of my fiber postcard)
The other day Dawn Sellers - who is hosting the Fabric Book RR I have been participating in, mentioned a call for fiber art, for an exhibit in 2009. My interest was peaked and I went to visit the link Dawn provided to the Cyber Fyber Exhibition. Please follow the link yourself to learn more about this event, but I will tell you briefly that the exhibit is the brainchild of fiber artist Susan Lenz. The focus of this exhibition is to highlight the influences of Internet access for today's fiber artists. Susan Lenz has created many, many fiber ATCs (about 130) and fiber postcards (about 160) to trade with any artist who is at least 18 years of age with an active blog or profile. She has all the instructions on the Cyber Fyber Blog, where you can also follow a link to view all of the fiber postcards & ATCs available to trade that Susan has made! The ATC or postcard that you send in to trade with Susan will become part of the cyber fyber exhibit in January of 2009. This is really a cool idea and I was really excited to support it! My own art and the internet truly go hand in hand, so I really wanted to be a part of this exhibition. I followed the instructions on the blog and waited to hear. Even though the official opening of the cyberfyber site is not until February 2nd, Susan wrote to me today and said, "Although I haven't "officially" announced CYBER FYBER, I cannot refuse your offer to trade!" Wow - : ^) yay!
The first thing I created was a fabric ATC (click on any photo for more detail). I choose some batik fabric I liked and some batting to match and cut them to size (2.5 x 3.5"). I also grabbed some dyed cheesecloth that was in my fabric bin as it matched my fabric. I wanted to add an image and chose a fabric one from Alpha Stamps -Bathing Beauties #2. I played with the placement of the image and the cheesecloth until I was happy with it and then I glued the fabric image down. I have a new sewing machine (a Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine)and wanted to try the free-motion quilting, so I set that up and used it to secure the dyed cheese cloth in place. If you look closely you can see my stitching all over the cheesecloth!
Next I found some shells I saved from our trip to Sanibel, FL last year and some beads and went to town sewing these embellishments on over the cheesecloth. I added some sequins as well. When I was satisfied the front of my ATC was done, I printed my name and website address onto some muslin with my ink jet printer. I sewed this on my back piece of ATC fabric like a label with a decorative stitch. Then I sandwiched the front of the ATC with the batting together with the back and sewed it all up with a decorative stitch.
For my postcard, I used a piece of olive green upholstery velvet I had leftover from when I recently had a small love seat re-covered. To this I sewed on a small strip of scrapbook paper (on the left) and some sparkly ribbons, using yet two more decorative stitches on my new machine! On top of the ribbons I added a circular collage image of a young woman's face. I glued this paper image from ARTchix studio on top of the velvet & ribbon postcard base. Then I chose a transparency image from the same company from a sheet called Transparent Whimsical Wings. This time I sewed the image on. I also used a decorative machine stitch to sew above the woman's head, directly on the velvet.
For the reverse side, I got out a few rubber stamps and my VersaCraft ink pad.
This needed to be heat set, and I also ironed on another label I made with muslin & my ink jet printer. I used a piece of heavy interfacing in between the 2 pieces and used a new over lock stitch to put the two pieces together. I really had fun doing this although I must say I was challenged to try to do some of my best work for this. I love the way both these "trades" came out! Thanks to Dawn for sharing, and to Susan for doing this!