A few weeks ago I got another one of my favorite emails, a customer email with photos!
Heron by Sally Papin
18" x 36"
Sally Papin is an artist who works in several mediums. She created this beautiful Heron wall hanging using the Abundance gradient. You can see some detail shots of the wall hanging on the Etsy listing.
Sally agreed to let me introduce her to you.
First, would you tell us about the inspiration for this new piece and how you went about creating it.
I spend a lot of time with my photography and out at a National Wildlife Refuge called Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Sherman, TX. My favorite time out there is right when the sun comes up and the birds and wildlife are really active. I feature some of my photography on my photo blog and my Flickr site.
When the light is right and the sky is just a bit overcast the most amazing colors emerge and mirror reflections on the water, and its this that gives me ideas I can use in my fiber art. The cranes and egrets are the most fun to watch, they are great fisher’s of anything in the water. I use to try and use more bland colors for my birds and backgrounds but in the last couple years I have been adding more and more color.
How did you get into fiber art and quilting? I am a big lover of textiles and came from a spinning and weaving era in the 1980’s. I had big floor looms, 2 wheels and loads of fleece and silk I carded and spun. I hated leaving that behind, and so I eventually found myself years later exploring fiber arts with fabric and pictorial quilting with raw edge appliqué. One little swatch of fabric can take me in a direction I didn’t see coming or something I have had in my stash makes me think – Oh this would be so fantastic used in a certain way.
What inspires you? . I love taking photos and re-creating ideas in fabric. I can use photos as part of my art which has led to ideas like a trio of Lemurs (see photo below). I have done several sets of trios of various subject matter but it really takes something special that works with long and skinny to accomplish the look I am after.
I am also inspired to create something that is attractive and fun to a wide range of people while being affordable. I created my signature look called Slice Of Life, a long skinny slice of a scene. This serves a couple purposes for me, allowing me to indulge in the graduated fabrics which make my ideas have more depth and a long skinny size easier to quilt by hand on a domestic machine and fit in more people’s space on a wall. The size also keeps your eye moving up and down to different atmospheres of the landscape, climate or daytime.
Do you find that you lean toward certain color palettes?
I don’t seem to really have a color palette that cries out to me, but a piece of fabric will draw me in and eventually an image comes to mind that would be lovely on it. I wish I could say I was an earthy color person or a pastel person, it would make life so much easier. My friends think I am the odd ball of the quilting world as I have very little stash, in fact probably less than 10 pounds! I gather fabric based on one idea for a project. When I had the Lemurs in mind, It took ages to collect greys, blacks, whites and all shades in-between before I felt like I had enough to begin, but I had that background fabric! So I treat myself to background fabric and then 1/8 or ¼ yards of fabrics in colors I need.
Wood Ducks (left panel)
How can we find you on the web? I keep my blogs under http://windyglenquilting.blogspot.com and http://shutterbugok.blogspot.com and I sell my art on Etsy under the shop name of Timelessdog. From time to time my work gets showcased on The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson’s section called Quilt Of The Day. The latest were the Wood Ducks, The Humming Bird Garden in Yellows, and the Pink Hummingbird panel, but many more have been spotlighted, I just never seem to remember to post it.
Wood Ducks (right panel)
Do you teach and if so, where can we find information about your classes? I use to teach but do not offer this any longer but love to mentor any who ask. I am self taught in the fiber world of spinning, weaving and quilting. One thing I always say to people is to create what you like in the colors you like because first and foremost you have to like it no matter what others think. Once that is accomplished you give that work of art its courage to be shown off proudly even with mistakes <G>!.