Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Postcards for Grand National

In 2008 I was thrilled to have my piece Earthbound accepted in The Grand National Quilt exhibition. It was at that time that I found out that it was also the last year this show would be held at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, too bad as this was an incredible space for the exhibit.
Because the organizers now had to find a new location, the Grand National themed "Off the Wall", scheduled for 2009 has been postponed until 2010 when it will be held at the Homer Watson Gallery.
Wanting to still go forward with a show this year, the organizers decided to have a "mini"Grand National with quilted postcard art being displayed beginning in May and running through the end of August at the Joseph Schneider Haus Museum and Historical site just up the road a bit from KWAG.
A call went out for submissions of these 4 x 6 inch works to wish them well in their new venture. They have requested that they be able to retain all the postcard entries to help promote and support The Grand National and to assist with it's transition. There is a plan to select 12 of the entries to be included in a printed booklet that will be made available for sale.
They have a great new web site where you can view works from past shows and get updates on current happenings.
Above are the postcards that I sent.
This first one is of the Joseph Schneider Haus site. I titled it "The Journey Continues", as this has become the Grand National's transitional home. In making this card I did some thread painting, beading, painted batting to create the bushes in the foreground, left some rough raw edges for trees and then hand stitched the outer edge.
The second is called Inspiration Grows. It is a fairly simple looking tree that is made up of text showing titles, dates and venues of past and future shows, the ground and roots are made up of words like inspiration, imagination, creativity...etc
both have lots of machine quilting.If you click on the photos you should be able to see more detail.
So if you find yourself in the Kitchener Waterloo area this summer why not stop by and take in the show.


Leigh said...

That tree is excellent!

comicbooklady said...

I love how you put the words in your tree! Amazing!

Finishing Lines by K.Sperino said...

Both cards are beautiful.

MOLLY said...

Jill, I am amazed. You are very very talented. I have never gotten into art quilting. I am a traditionalist at heart, but when I see your work, I am so inspired. Thanks for that.

solomi558 said...

I have two books on quilted postcards that I had forgotten about . I shall sort them out tomorrow.---cottonreel

Quilter Kathy said...

Great postcards! I will definately have to drop over there and see this display.
Having been to Joseph Schneider haus I am amazed at your card replica!

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