I'm doing a month-long artists' 'game plan' with the wondrous Jessica Serran (yes, that rhymes), on selling one's art without being a doofus (but every day is much MORE than that) -- and all sorts of stuff is coming up. One IMPORTANT thing is that I wasn't fully conscious of just how much I appreciated the people who've bought my work over the years: I never really stopped to think about how they acquired my humble pieces because they really SAW them in a special way, and really liked, if not loved, them. And something I definitely never quite noticed is that these people INSPIRE me, in multifarious ways and often well past our transactions and interactions. A woman who's bought several of my pieces over the years got really excited about this 'bookshelf' cushion when she saw it, but since I hadn't actually put it up for sale it still needed a new pillow form. Thankful for Claudia's good eye and moral support, I decided to use one of my favorite fabrics -- a kind of 'parachute silk' in an art deco aviation design -- for the inner cover, because it 'pops' with the bookshelf colors, even though it'll be invisible. Because I do believe that fabrics, their obvious and not-so-obvious images and meanings, carry a kind of magic. My elements are air and water, and I've been giving 'air' more attention lately. Here's a fine, ineffable song written by Blaze Foley, sung by Merle Haggard: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmbY3HwwXLc
For awhile here in Mexico, Aviacsa airlines was a good travel option. I was never a real frequent flyer, but I do think I took good advantage of their economical offerings, and I've even saved, all these years since they shut down, this little plastic tray table placemat which I thought would make a cool quilting pattern.
I've made a few airplane quilts over the years, and once a woman flying through the sky over Moscow, but I've yet to depict a flying carpet -- maybe I will, someday. MEANWHILE, today's brainstorm, precipitated by the EXORBITANT costs of shipping between Mexico and the U.S.: Is there anyone here in Guad who travels north fairly regularly and could carry a quilt (or two, some will be small) in their luggage, USPS or UPS-ing them when they get stateside? I would happily exchange the art quilt of your choice for helping those others' purchase reach their new homes (I'm planning a marketing push over the next 6 months or so.) Details would need to be worked out, but would surely be WIN-WIN!
Once in a blue moon I get to take a cross-country train trip, and this was at the start of one of the more memorable ones. The photo came up while searching for blue-ish images. Then I found an Argentine site with the story behind 'blue moon', & several other expressions at www.saberingles.com.ar/idioms/colours/blue.html
(Our idiomatic expression for the day, and also a heads-up that I have an Azul/Blue exhibit planned for the fairly near future -- quilts of various sizes, assemblages and collages, probably even some decorative pieces like throw pillows, all at the fairest prices in the land. Keep your eyes on this blue-blog, and I'll leave you with a (blue!) photomontage of 3+ generations of Barnes-Mayo women...
Another idiom for the day, with a link to more-than-you-ever-needed-to-know regarding its etymology:
Anyhow, I surprised myself when I realized I could also stage a table of blue BOOKS (cds, dvds of series like 'Boston Legal', maybe even 'blue movies' though not in THAT sense!) at the upcoming Azul/Blue exhibit!