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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Do You Use Glue??? Why, yes! I do...

I was scanning the message headers in my email this morning and came across the title, "Do you cheat with glue?"- now that caught my eye.  I use glue all of the time with my fabric collages, and I am fascinated to see how others "keep it all together"...  

So imagine my surprise when I opened the email and saw one of my nests featured on the Cloth, Paper, Scissors Today newsletter.   The editor, Cate Prato, has what seems to be a "love/hate" relationship with her sewing machine at times, so she made a nearly "no sew" version of the nest and changed some of the steps in the process.  

I really love when people do this- take a technique and make it their own.  I was discussing this very topic yesterday with my friend Diane Wright.  We both love to read books about fiber art and take lots of classes, but we don't want to make a quilt or complete a project that looks like the sample, or suddenly lose our own voices and start quilting like the teacher.  Taking a technique and making it your own is the duty- and delight- of the artist.  

You can read more about Cate's process on  Cate Prato's Blog and see her cute version of the nest...
and while you are at it, make one of your own and send me the picture!  I'd love to share your version on my blog.

3 comments:

My Sweet Prairie said...

How on earth can using glue be synonymous with "cheating" ? Technically, there's no difference between glue, 505 spray, and fusible webbing. It's all adhesive. I use glue all the time in my fibre art! : )

love the little nest & eggs : )

Karen said...

I think any way used to create such a thing of beauty is just a technique.. not a cheat. Just look at that finished product! I love my nest...

WesternWilson said...

That is a lovely composition, "Counting the Days". Vivika, can you post a larger shot of the work so we can see more detail?

Inspiring!

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