"Circles of Black,Circles of White V"

1 Oct 2010
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     “Circles of Black, Circles of White V”, (24.25”W x 27.25”T), while 5th in this series to be cut out, is actually the 2nd to be completed. I love the bright colors and buttons. All of the pieces in this seven parts series have the same black and white striped circle fabric, which was a challenge to keep using in fresh ways. In the past, I haven’t done a series of more than three pieces. Since the work is so slow, (1 square inch of beading = 1 hour’s work), I would usually be sick of the colors upon completion. However, the first four pieces were all cut out at the same time while visiting friends out in WA, so the drive to have longer series was there. I am, however, getting really tired of black and white seed beads.

     In the detail shot, you can see some of the intensive use of glass buttons and beads. There is a retro button in the lower left side (lime green outside, orange center) that looks like gummy candy. In the upper right, are some elongated orange glass tubes, with yellow edges, that look like Halloween candy corn. While working on this piece, a lot of people said that it reminded them of a Mexican holiday, or Mardi Gras, While I didn’t necessarily have any of that in mind, as I was just playing with the fabrics and embellishments, I do think that this piece is the most celebratory in the series.

You can see more of my art quilts at my web site at www.fiberfantasies.com


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jsross513 wrote
on 10 Oct 2010 10:04 AM

Most beautiful fabric art I've ever sen!

on 10 Oct 2010 7:02 PM

Congratulacions! It is so beatiful..... i loved!!!!!  It is ART! Crys

on 12 Oct 2010 11:39 AM

Thank you all for the kind comments. This piece has been one of my favs to date, but then I guess you're always enamored witht he new baby...:) There are four more in various stages of progress and one more yet to cut out, so please keep come back periodcially and check on my name for new postings.

Jan Ellwood wrote
on 17 Dec 2010 8:52 PM

Dear Nancy,

I am blown away by your talent!  Beautiful is an understatement.  Wow!! I make art quilts, but mine are not in your league.  Very inspiring and it would be fun to learn more about you.  I am almost 74, I can do a split, stand on my head.  I do yoga at least 36 hours a month in class.  I collect quilts (250), but art quilts are my passion.  Merry Christmas.  Jan Ellwood, Kingman, Arizona.

 

 

Jan Ellwood wrote
on 17 Dec 2010 8:52 PM

Dear Nancy,

I am blown away by your talent!  Beautiful is an understatement.  Wow!! I make art quilts, but mine are not in your league.  Very inspiring and it would be fun to learn more about you.  I am almost 74, I can do a split, stand on my head.  I do yoga at least 36 hours a month in class.  I collect quilts (250), but art quilts are my passion.  Merry Christmas.  Jan Ellwood, Kingman, Arizona.

 

 

Jan Ellwood wrote
on 17 Dec 2010 8:52 PM

Dear Nancy,

I am blown away by your talent!  Beautiful is an understatement.  Wow!! I make art quilts, but mine are not in your league.  Very inspiring and it would be fun to learn more about you.  I am almost 74, I can do a split, stand on my head.  I do yoga at least 36 hours a month in class.  I collect quilts (250), but art quilts are my passion.  Merry Christmas.  Jan Ellwood, Kingman, Arizona.

 

 

on 18 Dec 2010 5:16 AM

Dear Jan, thank you so much for your compliments. I've been doing art quilts professionally since 1982, so after a while, I developed a style or look...sort of "Needlework Obsessive". Why settle for one or two buttons and beads when 4,000 will make a MUCH bigger statement. ( A piece this size weighs about 20 pounds). For me, it was all about giving myself permission to create what I wanted, so I encourage you to take snippets of ideas from me, some from others, and then cobble together your own look. You're so active, that you have lots of years ahead to practice...

Nancy Smeltzer

TEMA61 wrote
on 18 Dec 2010 4:26 PM

This piece is a jewel... a fine jewel that sparkles in the sun, adds a glint to someone's eye and love to the heart.

So amazing just to look at... cannot imagine how much more wonderful it would be to see in person.

Yummy!

TEMA

on 19 Dec 2010 7:44 AM

Dear TEMA, thanks for the compiments on this piece. In my shamanic trainingin LAkota Sioux and Mohawk traditions, we learned how to be able access a state of being called "Wolf Awareness". (Totally legal and easily reversib;e..:) When you're there, your senses are heightened , so that you literally "eat colors in the air". That's when the piece talks to you and tells you what to do, so I just listen and follow its instrucitons. As a result, the pieces are much more effective than if I try and impose my will on them.

TEMA61 wrote
on 19 Dec 2010 1:36 PM

Hi Nancy,

Thank you for your reply.  Very informative...

I do fabric art too, tho', right now, I only knit...  I'm an old quilter who stopped quilting but still kept on with fabric art pieces.

I love the colours in your work.  My work is quite bland by comparison tho' once in a while, something wonderful  happens.  Would love to be able to find my 'Wolf Awareness' as well so I could hear what the piece is saying.

TEMA

on 23 Dec 2010 9:29 AM

I don't think there are any words that can describe how WONDERFUL this is... so original. I have been to a number of major Craft and Quilt festivals and this is just SPECTACULAR in every way. You are an inspiration! 

on 23 Dec 2010 12:54 PM

Dear Orange Pumpkin, thanks so much for the compliments. For me, when composing a piece, it's all  about giving myself permission to play with the buttons and beads. They tell me where they want to go, and I just follow their lead....:)

on 2 Feb 2011 8:19 AM

Glorious, glorious, glooooooooorious!!!!  Hugs,  Charlotte

moncur57 wrote
on 19 Mar 2011 9:04 AM

Very beautiful piece. Excellent craftsmanship.

on 20 Mar 2011 7:15 AM

Dear Moncur, how interesting that you would like my work, as I'm also a long distance spiritual healer.... www.hearthealing.net  I, too, work intuitivvely letting the piece breathe into me and me into it. If I let the piece tell me what to do, then the work goes well. If I try and impose my will on the piece...not very productive, and frustrating for us both...:)

 

jwerner00195 wrote
on 6 Jun 2011 5:15 PM

It's truly a celebration piece.  Beads and buttons a go-go.  Very exciting visual piece.

on 6 Jun 2011 5:35 PM

Dear jwerner00195, thanks for the compliments. This piece just won first in the fibers division in the Creative Crafts Council Biennial in the DC area. I don't usually get to stand very far back from my work in my studio, so it was a treat to see it from a distance under professional lighting.