Cyber Fyber Update

To the right, the postcard I created for for cyber fyber . . . .

Update! Susan Lenz, who is orchestrating Cyber Fyber, recently posted an update on her Journal for Cyber Fyber that just tickled me! Now, many of you who know how I work probably won't be surprised, but Susan wrote in her journal on February 7th, "SOME OF THE TRADES ARE ARRIVING HERE! . . . . . Lenna Andrews' was the first to arrive followed by Pam Snow's."

That is so cool, my trade being the first to arrive! A big thanks to Dawn Sellers for letting me know about this exhibit and trade through our Fabric Book RR. If you don't know about the Cyber Fyber Exhibition I will quote from Susan's website:

Cyber Fyber is an exhibition of international fiber art scheduled for January 8th through 20th, 2009 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, USA. The brainchild of Susan Lenz, this exhibit will focus on the supportive, global community of fiber artists with whom Susan regularly shares new techniques, contemporary approaches to textiles, and finished work by Internet websites and blogs. The exhibition will include three primary areas: Fiber ATCs (Artist Trading Cards); fiber postcards; and the work of several invited artists. The exhibition will also include FIBER DAY and ATC trading day. From the beginning, Susan Lenz is documenting CYBER FYBER on a blog/journal.

The ATC I made and traded with Susan is below. This ATC along with all the other ATCs and postcards that are being traded will be the art that is shown in the exhibition next January, mentioned above. Wow!

It looks like as of this date, Susan still has postcards & ATCs to trade. There will also be an INTERNATIONAL RANDOM ATC TRADE that you can send in ATCs for, so if you have a blog or a website (for the cyber fyber trading) go visit Susan at any of the links above! You could be part of the exhibition too : )

To see what Susan sent ME in trade - go to this post or you can virtually visit my studio, here and see where I am displaying her wonderful fiber artwork!

Enjoy the day, Lenna

Cyber Fyber Trade

I received my ATC and postcard trades today from Susan Lenz for the Cyber Fyber exhibit - how exciting! Hopefully, she has received mine too. If you missed what I created to trade with her, either scroll down a few posts or use this link to go right to the pictures.

Cyber Fyber: "The brainchild of Susan Lenz, this exhibit will focus on the supportive, global community of fiber artists with whom Susan regularly shares new techniques, contemporary approaches to textiles, and finished work by Internet websites and blogs."

The idea is that Susan has created 100's of fiber ATCs and postcards that any artist at least 18 years of age with an active blog or profile can trade with her, for their own creations: fiber ATCs or postcards (limit of 1 each), via the Cyber Fyber blog. The official opening of the trading is on February 2nd, 2008 - so go check it out! All traded fiber pieces will be exhibited in Columbia, South Carolina, USA from January 8th through 20th, 2009.

Thank you Susan, I love your work! Below is a close-up of Susan's postcard. You can read how she created it, here.

Note! Susan wrote to me on Feb. 4th:

"Hi! Thanks so much! Your package arrived on Saturday and is "officially" the *first item received* other than the prearranged trade! I am over the moon about it and my husband Steve is utterly stunned. I am planning to update the CYBER FYBER journal later today with a picture of this great event! Thank you so much...oh, I've already edited postcard 81 with the additional link! Thanks! Susan"

Cyber Fyber Exhibition - wow!

(close-up of my fiber postcard)
The other day Dawn Sellers - who is hosting the Fabric Book RR I have been participating in, mentioned a call for fiber art, for an exhibit in 2009. My interest was peaked and I went to visit the link Dawn provided to the Cyber Fyber Exhibition. Please follow the link yourself to learn more about this event, but I will tell you briefly that the exhibit is the brainchild of fiber artist Susan Lenz. The focus of this exhibition is to highlight the influences of Internet access for today's fiber artists. Susan Lenz has created many, many fiber ATCs (about 130) and fiber postcards (about 160) to trade with any artist who is at least 18 years of age with an active blog or profile. She has all the instructions on the Cyber Fyber Blog, where you can also follow a link to view all of the fiber postcards & ATCs available to trade that Susan has made! The ATC or postcard that you send in to trade with Susan will become part of the cyber fyber exhibit in January of 2009. This is really a cool idea and I was really excited to support it! My own art and the internet truly go hand in hand, so I really wanted to be a part of this exhibition. I followed the instructions on the blog and waited to hear. Even though the official opening of the cyberfyber site is not until February 2nd, Susan wrote to me today and said, "Although I haven't "officially" announced CYBER FYBER, I cannot refuse your offer to trade!" Wow - : ^) yay!

The first thing I created was a fabric ATC (click on any photo for more detail). I choose some batik fabric I liked and some batting to match and cut them to size (2.5 x 3.5"). I also grabbed some dyed cheesecloth that was in my fabric bin as it matched my fabric. I wanted to add an image and chose a fabric one from Alpha Stamps -Bathing Beauties #2. I played with the placement of the image and the cheesecloth until I was happy with it and then I glued the fabric image down. I have a new sewing machine (a Brother 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine)and wanted to try the free-motion quilting, so I set that up and used it to secure the dyed cheese cloth in place. If you look closely you can see my stitching all over the cheesecloth!

Next I found some shells I saved from our trip to Sanibel, FL last year and some beads and went to town sewing these embellishments on over the cheesecloth. I added some sequins as well. When I was satisfied the front of my ATC was done, I printed my name and website address onto some muslin with my ink jet printer. I sewed this on my back piece of ATC fabric like a label with a decorative stitch. Then I sandwiched the front of the ATC with the batting together with the back and sewed it all up with a decorative stitch.

For my postcard, I used a piece of olive green upholstery velvet I had leftover from when I recently had a small love seat re-covered. To this I sewed on a small strip of scrapbook paper (on the left) and some sparkly ribbons, using yet two more decorative stitches on my new machine! On top of the ribbons I added a circular collage image of a young woman's face. I glued this paper image from ARTchix studio on top of the velvet & ribbon postcard base. Then I chose a transparency image from the same company from a sheet called Transparent Whimsical Wings. This time I sewed the image on. I also used a decorative machine stitch to sew above the woman's head, directly on the velvet.

For the reverse side, I got out a few rubber stamps and my VersaCraft ink pad.

This needed to be heat set, and I also ironed on another label I made with muslin & my ink jet printer. I used a piece of heavy interfacing in between the 2 pieces and used a new over lock stitch to put the two pieces together. I really had fun doing this although I must say I was challenged to try to do some of my best work for this. I love the way both these "trades" came out! Thanks to Dawn for sharing, and to Susan for doing this!