FC: helicopters and leaves Jeanne Benson
1: Inspire Identify Prepare Incubate Illuminate Fabricate Refrigerate Evaluate Communicate Let Go
2: Helicopters and Leaves: My Project for somewhere else New Image Artists Challenge Author: Jeanne Benson Layout, design and working photos: Jeanne Benson Photos of finished quilts: PRS Associates, Kensington, MD Copyright © JEANNE BENSON Studio, 2012 www.jeannebenson.com All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the written permission of the author.
3: helicopters and leaves My project for somewhere else A New Image Artists Challenge
5: INTRODUCTION In 1980 eight women came together to form New Image Artists. Their common goal of making quilted art to be exhibited and displayed on walls moved them forward together with critique and encouragement to meet this goal. The group's first show, at the Art Barn in Washington, D.C., broke all gallery attendance records. New Image Artists today include three founding members, Lesly-Claire Greenberg, Dominie Nash and Sue Pierce. Other members are B.J. Adams, Verena Levine, Mary Beth Bellah, Candace Edgerley, Ginny Smith, Cathy Kleeman, Sara Brown, Sandra Woock and the author of this journal, Jeanne Benson. On occasion, members propose group challenges and collaborations. One such collaboration became the project titled somewhere else. The idea for this project formed at the March, 2011, meeting with a working deadline set for Winter 2012. At this time one venue is scheduled for Spring 2013. The Project Each participant will make a design and have it printed on two yards of fabric. One yard is to be used in the designer's quilted piece and the other is to be handed off to a partner for her to use in her piece. Yard #1 may be any of the fabric types offered (cotton, sateen, etc.) Yard #2 - for the partner piece (the focus fabric) - must be quilter's cotton. The size of the finished pieces are to be approximately 30" – 40" wide with a maximum length of 60". Artists may make a diptych or triptych as long as the total dimensions fit the requirements. Each finished piece must contain at least 25% of the focus fabric. The fabric may be changed by painting, printing, cutting it up and combining with other fabrics, etc, but must still be recognizable.
7: MY PROJECT I walk most mornings in a park near my home. A large box elder tree at the park first caught my eye in winter, when it appears to be decorated with ornaments made of hanging seeds. On sunny mornings the ornaments are spotlighted. Cloudy mornings highlight the trunk and branching. The umbrella-like canopy is twice the height of the tree. Throughout the year, I collected specimens of leaves and seeds to take apart, to press, to draw, and to photograph. I work back and forth between paper and pencil and fabric chewing on ideas. I arrange and rearrange the chosen fabric on my design wall and take pictures of the various fabric combinations. I flip through the stored photos to find the combination I want to work with. Having chosen a black and white polka dot fabric to use in the background of my second piece, I was able to incorporate my partner fabric by cutting the yardage into circles and making a replica piece of yardage of the black and white polka dots. Jeanne Benson | Boxelder Maple, Acer negundo Centennial Park, Ellicott City, Maryland
11: Three Copters © 2012, 8.5 x 11 inches colored pencil | Various Parts © 2012, 8.5 x 11inches colored pencil
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17: Box Elder, Copters © 2012, 40 x 39 inches
18: Incorporate partner fabric into a second design. fabric by Mary Beth Bellah
27: Box Elder, Leaves © 2012, 40 x 39 inches