Monday night we had the big reveal of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s 2015 Puzzle Challenge. It was a diverse array of pieces in wood, metal, fabric, beads, paper, glass, and a wide variety of mixed media. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
There were four categories that we could vote on, and here are the winners:
Best Interpretation of Theme: Paula Lewis We Don’t Match, But We Fit
Most Humorous: Diane Troutman Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil (she has a skull in hers, too!)
Most Challenging: Ann Bocal Tòimhleechan (Gaelic for Puzzle. She spent 465 hours doing the beadwork on this!)
Piece You Most Want to Take Home: Connie Hollenbaugh ?
Though I wasn’t a winner, I am very proud of my piece, now with the crowdsourced name Scavenger.
SPOILER ALERT!!!! If you are a YBC member who wants to be surprised in 3 weeks by my challenge piece don’t scroll down past the photo of Bob, my new skull friend.
OK, if you’re still reading that means you’re either not a YBC member, or you’re just too nosy for your own good. Just don’t spill the beans about this piece. I’ve been having to keep too many projects a secret, and I just wanted to start blogging about this now.
The theme is Puzzle, and there are two giant layouts that each participant got a piece of. Then we are free to do with that piece what we will. I decided to double up on the puzzle theme and try to piece together bits of my scrap to make piece.
It’s going to be a wall piece that I envision hanging vertically, but will sit horizontally when joined into the great puzzle situation. If you’re observant, you can pretty much figure out what I’m piecing together. And Bob up there actually served a greater purpose. I used him to try out some painting techniques to use on the background of my puzzle piece. He started out the same color as the layout and somehow I was able to make him look like that. I can’t wait to see what everyone else is making!
I set aside today as the day to get a lot of work done on my Inspiration Cards. In fact, I’ve now decided that I
won’t work on my metalwork at all this week and instead focus on the AEDM project and do some needed housecleaning. It’s kind of like a mid-semester break. Of course if I get any ideas for my metal stuff, I will add them to my sketchbook, but I think I need to relax a little and give myself some perspective this week.
So I began this morning by taking some photos to use for my cards. Then I struggled for a while trying to draw a skull, realizing that I was over-analyzing it and then just sat down and did a simple sketch which I love. Then came the afternoon of Photoshop hell, uh, I mean fun. Actually, it would’ve been fine if my computer wasn’t having some sort of fit after I tried to listen to a stream on it. I ended up learning a lot about Photoshop Elements, and I really like the work that I got out of the afternoon.
I’ve decided that I’ll use the photo collage on some of the cards, regular old collage on some of the cards, and drawing and painting thrown in to spice it up a bit. They’ll all actually be a bit of a mix and I kind of want it that way. I’m still not looking forward to finishing cutting the ill board and then sanding the edges, but I know that I’ll enjoy the durability that they’ll have after the cards are painted and collaged and then lacquered. All in all I’m having a good time and really trying to stretch myself. Last night I even did some “clustering” to brainstorm ideas, inspired by Zoë Westhof’s post on Idea Dumps, for the other elemental suits. Hopefully everything will come out in a way that I like, though probably not how I originally planned. We’ll see!