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I AM An Artisan – Insights

60″ Square
Designed, pieced, embellished, and quilted by Sue Hickman    
Berryville, VA     2/2017

By definition, I AM an Artisan! [Artisan: noun ar·ti·san \ˈär-tə-zən\: a person who makes things by using skill with the hands. ]
When Kaffe Fassett launched his “I Am An Artisan” quilt challenge January 2, 2017, I knew this was one challenge I HAD to do!
Here’s the description of this challenge, “Artisans start with thoughtfully chosen materials to create an item with inherent beauty and attention to detail and design. The focus of the I Am An Artisan juried exhibit is on quilts designed to showcase the harmony of color and texture. Each quilt will speak to a time when hand creation included dedication, appreciation, skill and love of the craft. It’s about simplicity, intention, approach, quality, and a sense of connection to a time when craftsmanship and artisanship were celebrated.”
I’ve long loved his various fabric lines! This Artisan line offered both blue and orange options. I chose the sunny, orange ones… bright and cheerful.  Inspiration hit me right off the bat and not long after my fabrics arrived, my 60″ x 60″ quilt was done. Mine was the #5 quilt submitted.
From the silky hand of his fabrics, to creating my design, to finishing it off with just a touch of glass bead embellishments, it was a delight to make!

6-23-17 Update: I just received an email that said, in part,
“On behalf of the I Am An Artisan Challenge… thank you … Your participation is very much appreciated and your interpretation of the Artisan theme truly showed your dedication, appreciation, skill, and love for the craft and art of quilting.
We are pleased to inform you that your work, “I AM an ARTISAN,” was accepted for inclusion in the I Am An Artisan Challenge exhibition.”
The exhibit will hang at the International Quilt Market , October 28 – 30, 2017 (a trade show, not open to the public), and then at the International Quilt Festival that follows it, November 2-5, 2017, in Houston, TX.
The email went on to say, “Narrowing the selection from the incredible variety of creative entries was a daunting task…”  I can only imagine!
I am speechless, and SO very honored!!!

Kaffe Fassett will be selecting the First prize and Honorable Mention winners at Quilt Market. Ribbons will be awarded at that time… The Viewer’s Choice will be determined by physical votes at Quilt Market and through FreeSpirit social media activity during Market.”
The QuiltsInc Quilt Festival Houston website notes, regarding this exhibit, “Kaffe Fassett is the undisputed genius of color. Now, his decades of experience from his work in painting, knitting, needle arts, and patchwork come together in his newest collection of fabrics called Artisan. This special exhibit features 12 juried quilts showcasing the new line.”

To read more about this quilt, click on this I AM An Artisan link.