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The Odd One, Art Piece 17 (AKA The Chosen Nine)

The Odd One, AP 17
A Handfull
A Handfull

Busy, Busy, Busy:

This year has been very busy with  my renovation project, my solo art exhibit, finishing oodles of 8”x10” small art pieces and starting my own online store. Sandwiched in-between were numerous trips to my little cabin in the woods as well as fun activities with my peeps; all while practicing social distancing. The online store has taken up most of the time I would normally have spent on my blog. With the majority of those tasks accomplished, I can once again share my triumphs with Operation Renovation.

A Return To Operation Renovation:

Operation Renovation is a project I started back in January. During the early days of this pandemic I searched for something to focus my attention on. At the time, I had a number of art pieces that were finished but not quite to my liking. With my pandemic anxiety level reaching an all-time high I decided to redirect my attention to those less-than-appealing projects. A number of successful outcomes have already been shared but I still have quite a few to go; time to get back to sharing my progress.

Today’s journal entry will focus on the art piece I once called The Chosen Nine, Art Piece # 17. So, sit back and enjoy my next reveal.

The Chose O, AP 17 The Chosen 9, Art Piece # 17

 

In The Beginning:

This art quilt began during  the summer of 2017 (see photo above). In its original form it was a grouping of nine improvisational building blocks. Each of the blocks was surrounded by four white borders. The nine, with their stark white edges, were stitched together and surrounded by a white binding. They were quilted with a simple, but attractive straight-line quilting motif. The finished quilt remained in that state until recently; that’s when I decided the composition was just too blah. To remedy my dilemma I grabbed a seam ripper and removed the binding, then gave it a good pressing

Simultaneous Renovation:

At the same time I decided to tackle the renovation of Art Piece # 17 I had also decided to work on two other items. Those compositions contained four blocks each. They are Four Friends # 1 and  Four Friends # 2. All three quilts could very easily have been left intact and mounted on a stretched canvas frame. Since I was making changes I decided to go wild and cut them all apart; I ended up with seventeen 5 1/2”x5 1/2″ units. To change things even further I reallocated them into eight separate art compositions: a six piece, a four piece, a two piece and five individual specimens.

Six Piece:

The six piece composition was the first one to be finished. To give this item a punch of color I chose to add a two-tone blue border around each block. All six blocks were then stitched together to form a new quilt top. The newly created fiber art piece was sandwiched together with a layer of batting and a new fabric backing. To secure the layers together I traveled around each block stitching straight-lines with a variegated blue thread.

A New Name:

Once the quilting was finished I decided to give this renovated item a new name. As I allowed my eyes to travel over its surface I made a discovery; one of the units incorporated into the project was quilted differently than the others. This revelation gave me the inspiration to title this fiber art piece The Odd One. See if you can locate it!

The Odd One, AP 17
The Odd One, Art Piece # 17

The Finish:

In its finished form The Odd One measures 16″x20″. Protecting the back from dust and bugs is a paper backing. For ease of display two d-rings and wire were added to facilitate hanging on a wall. Silicone bumpers were also added to help minimize sideways movement stability and to promote air circulation.

Thank You:

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the once blah specimen turn into something much more spectacular. Sharing these stories with you is one of the best parts of the entire process. Thank you for being here!

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson

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Navigating My Online Store he

Floating Triangles, AP 199

A Desire To Sell:

I’ve always wanted the opportunity to sell my art to fellow enthusiasts. Some of my items are currently available for purchase at Raven’s Wish Gallery in Janesville, Wisconsin. Not too long ago I made the decision to open an online shop. The store is hosted via WooCommerce on my WordPress website.

Let’s explore my Shop!

Navigating My Shop On A Desktop/Laptop:

If you navigate my blog via desktop, you will find a line of menu options just below my logo. Situated about halfway across is a link to my Shop. If you click on that link you will be taken to a new screen. There you will find three browsing categories:

Budget Friendly

Poppies, AP 153

 

Colors

 

Mounted on Canvas.


Belly Button, AP 144

When this journal entry was written there were only three categories on display. Coming in the near future are: Wall Quilts with two subcategories of Small and Large.

Navigating My Shop On A Cellphone:

Those that browse my blog on a cellphone will be able to navigate to my online Shop by clicking on the Menu button in the top right corner. There you will find the same list of options. To be taken to my store simply click on the word Shop.

Shall We Explore The Categories?

When I initially setup my shop I didn’t assign categories to my inventory; mostly because I really didn’t know what I was doing. LOL! As I became more acquainted with the application I began to understand how important it was to simplify the shopping experience and what tools were available to help me with that process. This delayed discovery unfortunately meant going back to each item and modifying the already added inventory. While the process was tedious, I believe its value far outweighs the effort.

For the most part, the names of the categories describe what type of items can be purchased at that location. The only exception is the Colors category. If you click on that link you will discover that there are twenty-one additional sections. To help narrow your search I have categorized each of my available art pieces by color.

Budget Friendly is the designation I gave to a grouping of items that I believe will fit smaller budgets.

Mounted On Canvas currently has only one subcategory, 8”x10”. In the future I will add other canvas sizes.

I Hope This Helped:

Navigating any online shopping website can be a trying experience. I hope that this small tutorial has helped you to feel at ease and give you the incentive to get acquainted with my available options. I know that there are always improvements that can be made. If you would take the time to share some of your suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.

Before I Sign-Off:

Before I go let me make a suggestion…we all have birthdays and holidays just around the corner. For most of us that will most likely involve shopping online. Before you decide which websites you will use how about adding mine to the list!

Thank You:

Thank you so much for sharing in this adventure! I look forward to our next encounter.

Cindy Anderson

Fiber Art By Cindy Anderson