HEIDI ZIELINSKI

HEIDI ZIELINSKI - Fiber Artist

Creating art out of fiber and stitch is my passion. In no other pursuit have I ever found the rewards and joy that I find in using textiles, thread, paint, beads, yarns, and whatever else inspires me to make an object of beauty to share with others.

My work is based in the quilting tradition of three layers stitched together, but the artistry of it goes far beyond the basic piecing of geometric shapes to create a bedcovering. You will see reflections of nature in my work as I live in a valley in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana surrounded by mountains, rivers, streams and my own garden. Color and texture inspire my work and they are my palette.

I write about what I am doing with my art and where I hope to go. I create, I write, I teach, I share and I think about my art and tell you about it all on the pages of my blog.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More From My Current Show...

As I have already mentioned in previous posts, I am currently showing my work in a solo show at Montana Art and Framing in Missoula, Montana.  I thought I would share a few more of the pieces in that show, although you really won't be able to enjoy them in images as much as you would if you saw the show in person.  Fiber art is so textural and the details don't always show well in images. These are wholecloth pieces that use quilting stitches to portray different feelings or "themes" for each piece.    Each one is 11"w x 18"h.

The first piece is "Stitch Study:  Nature" and has vines and leaves stitched into it.  These pieces were all cut from the same batik fabric.



The next piece is "Stitch Study:  Science" and has a rather cosmic feeling to the stitching.  Images are reminiscent of lightning, planets, primordial ooze, and the sun.



The 3rd piece is called "Stitch Study: Traditional" and has traditional quilted feathers on it.



The last piece is called "Stitch Study:  Individuality".  



The pieces are priced individually, but I think they would hang nicely in a grouping of all four, or even three as a triptych.

If you have ever had your own exhibition, you might have felt the same way that I do now.  I've been working so hard on finishing all the pieces for this show and bringing it all together, and now I'm not quite sure what to do with myself.  I took a few days of a break, but then I was inspired and just finished quite a bit of beading a new piece.  I guess I'm ready to dive back into it, but now there is no deadline and I can work purely on inspiration.

I also feel a kind of melancholy about the show since I was a bit disappointed in the small crowd at the opening and only one sale so far (the smallest, most inexpensive piece!).  I feel great about the work and the display in general, but after all the effort I put into it I was hoping for a bit more confirmation of my efforts.  I think it is natural to have a sort of melancholy after an opening.  It is the big "hurrah" and then nothing.  I do wish I could be a fly on the wall to hear what people are saying and how they are responding to my work.  That is what is fun about openings is that you do get some good feedback.

Well, there are two more weeks of the show so there is a chance something else will sell and many more people will see it.  It has been a rewarding experience no matter what.  Thank you, Don at Montana Art and Framing for the opportunity!   And now I have some pieces that I could enter in some other shows and hang at my other galleries.  It's all good!




1 comment:

kathy said...

Hi Heidi, I was reading the thread on the Quiltart list and came over here to see what your solo show was like. I just had my first solo show this past fall and winter and, like you, I was disappointed in the sales too. One piece of artwork sold and several scarves over a period of 3 months, but it wasn't enough to encourage me! The opening reception was a bit of a let down for me too...I was relying on her mailing list, but most of the people who attended the reception were my friends! I was given a copy of the guest book with comments at the end of the show and while the comments were extremely complimentary about the work, the lack of sales somehow didn't encourage me very much. Your pieces are quite lovely and I don't know the answer to any of this!