Saturday, February 11, 2012

What's black and white and red all over?

What's black and white and red all over?

I created this piece for a fiber art show called "Read-Red", and now a buyer from Woodbury, CT would like to buy it because she says it's perfect for her son.

The show, with its quixotic title "Read-Red," presented by the Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CFAC) of which I'm a member, is hanging in the Southbury Public Library, Southbury, CT, through the month of February 2012.  It consists of a read component and a red component.  For the read part, we drew our images from books and media we've read.  For the red part, we contributed images made exclusively with the color red.

My little 12 x 12 piece, Newspaper Riddle, combines both the read and the red component.  It consists of the mastheads of dozens of newspapers, combined together on pieces of fabric printed with a red background.

So it's black and white and red all over.

And how about this stunning image by Barbara Khachane?  This one combines a read component--it was a photo on the front page of a newspaper--and it's red.

Some of the other red components are pretty cool.  How about this necklace by Roz Spann?
How about this image of a healthy heart, created by Toni Torres?  I'm a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, and this heart image has a strong pull on me.

For my contribution to the read component of the show, I created this piece based on Robert Frost's poem Nothing Gold can Stay.  I'm convinced that Frost, a lifelong New Englander,  was thinking of the early spring flowers of the maple tree when he wrote this poem about the fragility of spring's earliest florescence.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold, 
Her hardest hue to hold. 
Her early leaf's a flower; 
But only so an hour. 
Then leaf subsides to leaf. 
So Eden sank to grief, 
So dawn goes down to day. 
Nothing gold can stay. 

It's a lovely show.  Come see!

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