Art and Fear
by Sandra Bruce
|We were fortunate to have Sandra Bruce as our presenter this month. She shared her journey in art, the lessons she has learned along the way, and the fear that dogs an artist on that journey. Sandra did not start out as a quilter. She had been drawing since the age of six and suggests that by drawing 'what is in front of your face,' one can become skilled. Her art career began with illustration and lettering and has embraced wearables and polymer jewelry as well as quilts.
"Color Dance" was Sandra's transitional quilt, a bridge between traditional quilts and art quilting. Art making involves skills and knowledge (such as color theory) that can be learned.
This is the finished quilt after the yo-yo's were replaced with circles of hand-dyed silk organza. To others, the final the finished piece is 'the thing,' but to the artist, it's all about the journey and the learning that takes place.
This intriguing figure was based on a photo taken by a friend of Sandra's. Sandra removed a distracting background and then focused on getting the eyes right. Perfect Circles were used to create the 'beads,' and the quilt was enhanced with hand-embroidery and hot-fix crystals. Sandra entered the quilt in the Houston show and received some critical comments from the judge. Sandra took the criticism in stride and reminds us to "do what you are happy doing" and that "Simply courting approval, even that of peers, puts a dangerous amount of power in the hands of the audience. Ben Rosenfeld, Art and Fear.
|One last bit of advice -- do something that scares you, such as appearing on "Quilting Arts TV," or going zip-lining, or even braving the existential terror of a car wash.
And a last look at a few of Sandra's matrix quilts. This quilt, based on a photo of a Syrian refugee, has travelled all around the U.S.
|If you look closely at Zara's eyes, you will see both the photographer and the desert sands reflected there.
|"Summertime," a commissioned quilt