After spending many years doing this style of art, I decided to try other things. My mom and I made these cute little houses out of lichens we found in the woods like the one below. That was fun. When my kids were little, I crocheted many afghans. I always needed something creative to do.
Then when I got older like in the late 90's I discovered fabric as an art medium. I saw what others were doing and I wanted to try it too. So I used 2" squares to create impressionistic designs.
I really loved doing this and did so for 10 years, then had to try something else. That's when I started fusing. What is wrong with doing that? There are hundreds, probably thousands or more ways to manipulate a medium and why not use fusible web to keep your fabric together until it's stitched? I don't agree with people who say that just because it looks realistic or it was stuck together with fusible it's not art. I work from my own photos that I took which isn't an easy thing to do. Then I use fabrics I buy to recreate them. Finding fabric that works, using it make whatever you want it to be, having the right value, color and texture, all are a complicated process that make the piece work or not. My piece, Capturing Brittany shown here, just won Outstanding Art Quilt. Does that mean that the people who chose it don't know what they are talking about? I think they just liked it.
Jurors comments were good use of color and great perspective. It's great to hear things like that. It makes you think someone besides you is enjoying your art which is the most rewarding part of doing it. I am also happy to make it a living.