Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Lesson Learned

Yesterday I picked up my quilts from ArtWalk and was disappointed, although not entirely surprised, that nothing had sold. So I was a bit bummed all day. And a little angry at myself. In spite of the fact that my quilts never were in direct sunlight, those windows giving me such great exposure to the public also exposed the quilts to day after day of strong daylight - stronger daylight than I ever expose my quilts to at home. One piece sustained enough fading of one of the commercial fabrics to change the impact of the piece. Unless I can darken it up with paint, it is essentially ruined. I knew better and even voiced my concerns, but I let myself trust the sponsors who assured me my art would not be damaged there. I also ignored my better judgment about treating them with some kind of UV protection before hanging them. I have a product on hand I've been meaning to test but just haven't gotten around to it. Well, I'm going to get around to it now - closing that barn door after the horse has bolted.

It 's a good thing I had my recreational piece on the docket to finish yesterday, someplace to focus my energies and to distract my black thoughts. It must have been the long hard winter...I'm SO into bright tropical colors right now! Here's a little corner showing the finished border and some of the decorative stitching I used on the fused applique. It's soon off to brighten someone else's day!


linda stokes said...

Love these colours!
Thanks for your comment on my TIF & good luck with yours.

brdhsbldr said...

Please be sure to show the "damaged" piece to the ArtWalk organizers as they need to know of the fragility of cartain media.
I organize Creston's ArtWalk and we have a few windows we'll only put pottery or glass in for that very reason.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Ah yes, this has been in the back of my mind, Nora. Thanks for nudging me about it.