Every year, the International Freeform Fiberarts Guild votes on a theme for the annual challenge. Work is made of a period of a few months, and is then presented in the form of an online exhibition and a book. We dont publish the pics anywhere online until the exhibition is live on the website. Which it is now, go head over for a min and have a look www.intfff.com/
All this is done through volunteers of the Freeform Guilds Yahoo group. A virtual meeting place for lovers of all things fibre and freeform. They have done an incredible job this year, both with the online exhibition and the beautifully self-published book.
The theme for 2013 Freeform Challenge was Mother Earth and a total of 46 participants from all over the world interpreted the them, using a variety of fibres, techniques and influences.
To buy the book, all proceeds of which go to charity visit:
Since I'm still obsessed with Lace, I made yet another experimental piece of lace for this years project. This time trying to work with depth. As someone who loves working in 3D, I struggle with the flatness of lace. I really enjoyed making this piece, and will be experimenting more with layering lace.
I always find it hard to talk about my work and my influences, they are generally multiples of vague notions, colours, techniques, words. As this piece was made in Spring, I chose this poem by Emily Dickinson to be beside my work as it expresses a beauty in Spring, far greater than I can.
A light exists in Spring by Emily Dickinson
A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here
A color stands abroad
On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human nature feels.
It waits upon the lawn;
It shows the furthest tree
Upon the furthest slope we know;
It almost speaks to me.
Then, as horizons step,
Or noons report away,
Without the formula of sound,
It passes, and we stay:
A quality of loss
Affecting our content,
As trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a sacrament.