Tuesday, June 30, 2009

ArtFiberFest Journal

Preparing a journal is one of the pleasures of going to an art retreat. I've wanted to make a fabric art journal for some time and decided to create one for this conference. I stitched small pillows, hooked a variety of fibers, ribbons and fabric strips onto a canvas mesh spine and embellished it with trades, beads and printed images. The signatures are made of drawing paper.
The first page highlights the ArtFiberFest 2009 theme- Orbs (thus the fabrics with circles).
One page includes the fabric inchies that I received from our swap. Thanks to everyone who participated. I like the different creations all in one inch size.
I add notes, information and handouts from my workshops, artist contact information of new and old friends, future teachers and ideas for projects.
The back cover contains a couple more trades.
Now I have all of my retreat treasures in one place. In upcoming posts, I'll share what I created at ArtFiberFest.

14 comments:

mary ann said...

paula my dear, that's a stunningly fabulous book you've stitched together. mmmmmmm

HeartFire said...

Hi Paula,
what a fun journal! I love fibery books... can't wait to hear about how AFF was, wish I could have gone!

Gwen said...

L.O.V.E the journal! How cool to have a place to collect your trades, too. Was that the nametag button on the cover?

Can't wait to see what you did at AFF!

Leigh said...

What a beautiful treasure and very inspirational. Can't wait to see what else you created.

lilylovekin said...

Your cloth journal is wonderful and you made it before Fiberfest? You should be teaching a class in how to make something like that at fiberfest. It is a really neat journal.

Paula McNamee said...

Thanks for all of your comments. It's a fun journal to make and yes, that's my ArtFiberFest name tag pinned to the front.

Jo Reimer said...

WOW! This is such a beautiful book, a treasure to display in your home. I'm usually not so fond of fabric journals but this one is a standout exception.

Fran Meneley said...

Hi Paula - What a great fiber journal! Love the colors and the inchies are just fabulous. What fun! I'm going to have to go one of these years. What a treasure. Hope you are having a great summer! xo fran

Paula McNamee said...

Thanks, Fran! I started making the little pillows for a fabric journal two years ago at PLAY. You'd really like ArtFiberFest- great venue, teachers and partcipants. I'm still high from all the inspiration.

Robin Olsen said...

What a fun journal! Full of color and texture and so many little things to discover in it. Can't wait to see what else you will be posting!

tory said...

Paula your journal is wondreful I love the colors and lay out your sense of balance is great.Can't wait to see it.

purple bird art said...

Wow!! Your journal is fabulous! I have always loved this style of journal. Look forward to seeing it in person.

art spirit said...

Hi Paula, Love your blog, that great elephant and your wonderful fabric journal..AND having you in class on Saturday. We all had such a great time, can't wait for next year.
I think those scissors might be mine..I am still unpacking but think I am a pair short. If no one else speaks up, let me know...
Best wishes,
Mary

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