A Good Night for Fiber

It was a very good night for fiber at the opening of 100% Pure Florida, in Melbourne, FL.  There were four fibers pieces in the juried show, which included 50+ pieces.

Just take a look at this beaded dragon, made by Jennifer Shibona.  Although it looks great as a sculpture, it’s also wearable.  See the metallic cuff under the dragon’s belly?  You wear that on your wrist and the dragon’s tail wraps around your arm.  Pretty cool, right?

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Jennifer also had a beautiful, and very large, beaded necklace on display.

But, things got really exciting as the awards were announced.  First came six awards of merit, and I won one.  Woohoo!

Ellen Lindner with her Award of Merit at 100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The excitement was building as third place and second place were awarded, and finally it was time for Best of Show.  And the winner was…drum roll please…more fiber art!  This time, the award went to Gabriele DiTota for her piece, Foliage.

Gabrield DiTota at 100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

What you can’t tell in the photo is that the red buds are all stand-alone 3D objects which stick out from the quilt.  It’s a great piece! See it on her website.

Gabriele was really overwhelmed.  This was her first time entering a quilt in a mixed media show, so she was completely surprised.  What a thrilling moment!  Her piece got lots of attention, both before and after the announcement.

100% Pure Florida 2016 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Her prize?  A nice cash award AND a solo show next year!  How exciting!  I’m overjoyed for my friend.

I’ll show you the other winners in the next post.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. BTW, marketing tip:  Notice how my name tag has my artwork on it?  That’s a great conversation starter.

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6 Responses to A Good Night for Fiber

  1. Eleanor Levie September 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    Well! I had no idea your Foliage Leaf works were so big!! Kudos; your award is well deserved. Beautiful picture of you, too.

    • Ellen Lindner September 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks, Eleanor! I usually make my pieces about “large poster sized” or so. You can never tell on the computer, of course!

  2. Maeve September 5, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

    Congratulations on your award! Love that we get to see your art in progress in your blog posts.

  3. marthaginn September 6, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Congratulations, Ellen! One of my favorite pieces (of yours). It’s always great to see fiber making a good showing. It was also great seeing Gabriele DiTota’s best of show; she and I are in an artist’s altered book project together.

    • Ellen Lindner September 11, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

      Thanks, Martha! Gabriele and I are in a local art quilt group together: the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists. It’s great to have groups with like-minded artists! I know her solo show will be extraordinary!

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