The Power of Art
12" x 12"
Last year an artist friend of mine died of pancreatic cancer. It was such a short time from her diagnosis to her death, and honestly, I wasn't prepared for either one. After her death, her husband shared some of her fabrics with me. For a while I couldn't imagine what I would/could do with them. I loved them, but they were "hers". Eventually I pulled them out and started to experiment with them on my design wall, and then the magic happened. A peaceful calm came over me, and I started creating a new artwork --- her fabrics, my paints and stitches --- and I swear it felt like she was working beside me. "Caring" was created as a donation for the 2015 Fiberart For A Cause fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Click here for all the details on how you can participate.
Caring II (in progress)
20" x 16"
The more I looked at "Caring", the more I realized that I wanted to create a second piece for myself as a remembrance piece. "Caring II" is currently on my design wall, and I am ready to add the machine and hand stitching to it. I like that it echoes the first artwork in many ways, yet it has its own uniqueness as well.
Creating both of these artworks has been very healing for me. I can't say I don't still miss my friend, but I think she would be very happy to see how her fabrics are being used.