Sunday, June 26, 2005

FIBER ART CARDS - A New Convert!

These are the 5 cards going to Virginia’s ACS fundraising site. All are now SOLD

The American Cancer Society fund-raising event sponsored by Virginia Spiegel on her web-site is totally responsible for getting me hooked on Fiber Art Cards. Or maybe it’s Virginia herself who offered an opportunity for anyone to purchase her FACs for $30.00 with the proceeds from this sale, continuing through July 31, going to the ACS. Either way, I am most grateful for the guiding impetus to begin such a wonder-filled and playful journey into a new dimension (for me) of art. (See the Fiber Art Cards for sale with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society through July 31, 2005 at:

Today’s completed art cards!

I have totally fallen in love with the 4x6” format and find that size the perfect inducement for me to experiment with techniques, colors, and materials in my work. As noted in the last posting, I’ve even taken to cutting apart unsatisfactory quilts and creating new Art Cards from them. Here are a few I made last night from a small quilt-let – what had already been bound, but not really living up to my satisfaction. I created 4 Art Cards (4x6”) and 4 Artist Trading Cards (2 ½” x 3 ½”).

Mini-cards – which I find much more difficult to do than the 4x6 format cards.

One thing that I notice occurring is my leanings toward including paper in my work. I suppose that could signal my expansion into mixed media art from fiber art… yet they are very closely aligned in my work at this time. Still, I can see a time when there may be very little fabric in my work, but lots of different kinds of fibers embedded with any number of other objects, found or otherwise.

SOMBER 4x6” Copyright: Pat Dolan
Here I’ve sewn hand-dyed paper into the mini-quilt. The paper is the pale yellow gold in the upper-center. I also have layered sheers + cottons on the surface.

Needless to say, I’m having a wonderful time living in the state of high-intensity creativity/productivity. Time totally disappears. Meals are forgotten. Housekeeping is unheard of! Only physical therapy takes me out of the creative mode and into physical time-space reality. The creative mode, next to meditation, is where both time and space seem to vanish in favor of imagination, insight, inspiration, and total absorption. Neither creating or meditation is ‘better’ than the other – they seem more like sisterly states of being. Both step outside the confines of physical reality and into the realm of essence… Both call for total immersion in the “now” moment. And both provide a new sense of joy following that immersion.


Lisa, Procrastinator Extraordinaire said...

I'm so happy for you. Your joy is contagious! Thanks for making me smile this morning.

Gerrie said...

Wow! You are prolific. Karoda and I may have to give up our titles as post card queens. I love that I can do something creative and finish it in an evening - so satisfying, not to mention that you can use up lots of scraps and ufos!

JulieZS said...

Pat, you've really got it going on with those cards, they're great! And very well put in the last paragraph there, I totally agree with you.

Karoda said...

oh lordy! gerrie, i do think we've been upsurped...but, pat, if you keep this up, i will gladly pass on my crown!