Opening Night: 100% Pure Florida

Oh my goodness: opening night at the 100% Pure Florida exhibit was mobbed!  It was very difficult to move around, but this was one of those “good problems to have.”

My piece “Lava to the Sea” was over in the corner.  Not ideal, but that’s okay.  It won an award of merit even so!  Yippee!

Opening Night: 100% Pure Florida Exhibit. Ellen Lindner,

I wore a name tag with an image of the quilt on it and received many nice comments about it.  (The quilt, that is, not the name tag.)  This is a favorite trick of mine to help viewers connect me with my piece.

Although I took many photos, I didn’t meet most of the artists, so was unable to ask their permission to show them here.  So, I just have a few for you.

I really admired this piece, which was prominently displayed.

Opening Night: 100% Pure Florida Exhibit. Ellen Lindner,

Caren Sarmiento with her piece, Royal Poinciana Flower

Caren also won an award, but I don’t remember which one.

But, the most interesting part of the evening was meeting and talking with this beauty.

Opening Night: 100% Pure Florida Exhibit. Ellen Lindner,

Kestrel Michaud with her pieces, Classy, and Snoozy

Her name is Kestrel Michaud and she’s a fiber artist!  She designs pieces like you see here, often with a somewhat art deco look.  And always stylized like this.

These are fabric!  She told me the cat one has 450 pieces of fabric in it.  (My kind of gal.)  She uses fusible web, but never stitches her pieces.  Instead, they are mounted to foam core, matted, and framed.

Here’s a detail shot of a kitten’s tail and paws.  That’s a lot of tedious cutting!

Opening Night: 100% Pure Florida Exhibit. Ellen Lindner,

I bent Kestrel’s ear for quite some time about SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates,) framing vs. quilting, and other technique issues.  I love meeting new fiber artists!

This is a very nice exhibit, in Melbourne, FL with runs through September 30th.  I hope you’ll get a chance to see it.

Ellen Lindner

6 Responses to Opening Night: 100% Pure Florida

  1. JANE ASHBROOK September 10, 2017 at 1:45 am #

    Best of luck with Irma!

    • Ellen Lindner September 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

      Thanks, Jane. She dodged us! YAHOO!

  2. Becki Morrison September 10, 2017 at 2:10 am #

    Are you not needing to evacuate? Hope you aren’t in Irmas path

    • Ellen Lindner September 12, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

      Thanks so much for your concern, Becki. We were, at one point, exactly in the projected path of Irma. As she shifted westward we were able to relax. So, we didn’t have to evacuate.

      Our only damage was to trees and our power was off for about a day. Not bad at all!

  3. Kristin F September 11, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    Congratulations on the award. Clever idea for the name tag.

    I love the poinciana quilt.

    I hope you will not be affected by the hurricane.

  4. Ellen Lindner September 12, 2017 at 1:39 am #

    Thanks all. We survived the hurricane with no damage. Power was off for about 26 hours, and we have lots of tree debris. Now, all is working again and we feel very blessed!

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