|Sewn Together, © 2010 Ann Fahl|
This past weekend, I taught a great bunch of quilters in South Dakota. This was only my second time to teach in this state, so I was looking forward to my trip.
Following a successful full-day workshop on free-motion embroidery, I was to give a lecture about my work following the banquet. Everything had gone well that day, but I was quite tired after a long day of travel the previous day. I was ever so grateful for a wonderful chocolate frosted brownie for dessert, I needed the energy! Yum!
I was able to hook up my laptop to the convention center's digital projector. It was a challenge to make sure everything was working and focused. The lights in the banquet hall were turned down, and I began my Power Point presentation. I turned around and looked at my first illustration: a red and green quilt block; and the color was green and yellow. What was wrong here?
I kept going, and the color didn't get better. I asked if anyone in the audience knew anything about correcting color on the projector. Someone left to get assistance from the hotel staff. No one came. I gave my entire lecture, looking at my quilts without
all the powerful color: the red, yellow and orange. I think I repeated my request for assistance, but no one had any suggestions for me; and I was tired, so my problem solving skills were non-existent at the moment. When I finished, the lights came up, and I showed the audience 4 of my larger and newer quilts. There were oohs and aahs, they looked so different than my digital slides. Although the evening finished on a positive note, the whole experience was rather devastating.
I'm home now. As I was telling my husband about the disaster, I realized that I had learned something about my work. My work is all
about color. Looking at my work through that skewed lens, made me realize how important all those saturated colors are, they give my work strength. I love to sew, embroider and quilt, but this isn't enough, quilts truly come alive with the color.
|Sewn Together © 2010 Ann Fahl|
This may seem obvious, but it is so good to be able to "see" your work from a different point of view.