Aryn and Cyber Fyber

Today I made my two bug jar blocks for Aryn’s quilt. This is being made through Quilts for Comfort, a great program that provides gifts for the brothers and sisters of ill children, a source of comfort while Mom and Dad are away from home spending time with the ill sibling during treatments, hospital stays, etc. It’s a truly great program.

I also made my postcard and artist trading card for the Cyber Fyber exhibition in 2009. Here is my postcard. It’s a landscape, a sunset behind the mountains on top, a waterfall cascading down the mountain, a row of trees in the middle ground.

Cyber Fyber
is the brainchild of Susan, a friend of mine and former employer from South Carolina. She is a talented fiber artist. Susan came up with the idea of developing an exhibit focusing on the supportive, global community of fiber artists here on the internet. Her project will be a physical exhibit throughout 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.

This is my Artist Trading Card:

I started each of these with a scrap block/quilted piece, and built out from it. The trading card started with the teal/turquoise/tan hourglass block in the center, the postcard with the pink sawtooth strip near the top.

Parting shot: “In Flanders Fields” \

Not my quilt, this was on display at the Iowa State Fair…more to come from there later this week…


I LOVE Mail!

It’s like being a kid, and waiting on the step the week of your birthday for the mailman to come in hopes that you have birthday cards in the mail–I absolutely love getting real (read: non-bills) mail! This week I received an artist trading card, and postcard from my friend, Susan, in South Carolina. Isn’t it great?!
Susan started an online international art project called Cyber Fyber. She has lobbied arts organization in her home city to provide funding and space for a REAL international art exhibit in January 2009, at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios–and I am currently the only representative from Iowa! She has almost every state in the Union now represented, and numerous other countries.

Susan is in her own right, a fabulous fiber artist. She does amazing things with fabric and thread and found objects, she has even had some solo exhibitions! Susan was at one time my boss. She owned (still does) with her husband, Steve, Mouse House–a gallery and frame shop where I once worked embellishing mats for framing, and hand coloring vintage prints/engravings. I continued to do the hand-coloring for them after I moved to Vermont, and then Chicago. At the time we worked together, neither of us had any time to do creative stuff like we do now. I was a fulltime graduate student with two jobs, she was running a VERY successful business and raising two precocious little boys. We shared a love of art, and a desire to find a creative outlet. That was eleven years ago. I’m so very proud of what Susan has accomplished, and happy to be a part of her Cyber Fyber dream!