While success enlivens the creative spirit, we learn more from our failures and critiques which can redirect our focus, opening new areas of exploration not previously considered. William Edward Hickson’s verse is a reminder of this as entwisted vines wrap around and struggle to reach the message inside – never give up! I was inspired to create this box to try some new techniques and materials and as a reminder of the importance of perseveration, taking chances, and reaching for new beginnings.
EGA Bobby Pilling 3rd Place Award
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Each Day Begins With a Sunrise
My Jouney Final step for EGA Master Craftsman certification in Design. Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts 2011 Best in Show/1st Place/Juror’s Award.
Streams and Paths American Needlepoint Guild, Midwest Mosaic - First Place, Creative Inspiration Award, 2nd Place Professional Category. Theme interpreted as life as a mosaic with complexities of color, shape and texture. Callaway Gardens School of Needle Arts 2011 1st Place/Juror’s Award.
Carpe Diem (Sieze the Day) - Square box in photo. A single day in Virginia was the inspiration for this design; from a beginning sunrise at the beach to the peaceful dusk and sunset at the mountains The play of light washes differently with each minute until the grayed shadows of evening are all that remain. A square box unified the theme of change in the composition as we turn corners with each moment and decision of our lives.
Awarded Woodlawn’s Best in Show, Frank Lloyd Wright award (best original design), People’s Choice 2008. Selected for EGA 19th National Exhibit Through the Needle’s Eye and Juror’s award.
This is a series of small map journal covers (front cover is 3” x 4”)
Appalachian View - Fabric painting and surface embroidery.
Autumn’s Promise - In Virginia the goldenrod with its bright, colorful yellow flowers announce the approach of autumn. The days become shorter and the leaves begin their gradual annual eruption of breath-taking color. Time continues and the leaves fall, days become short, and the branches become bare. We follow this same path as we cycle through the phases of our lives with changes and promises of what the future holds - repetition, cycles, beginnings and endings. Awarded First Place for Surface Embroidery at Woodlawn Exhibit 2009 and First Place for Surface Embroidery at Callaway 2010.
Jamestowne Commemorative Needlework Map - The first of my needlwork maps to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of Jamestowne, the first permanent English settlement in North America.
Woodlawn Second Place Original Surface Embroidery and Director’s Award 2007.