Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shirtwaste: Fabric Sculpture

Shirtwaste: Fabric Sculpture is a 22 X 28 wall hanging made from recycled material. It has been accepted into the "Re-Tread Threads" exhibit at the Textile Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 29 to May 28, 2011. http://www.textilecentermn.org/  This is a national competition of recycled art. This is the first time I have attempted to jury into a national show and was hopeful, but not confident that I would make the cut. The acceptance has given me more confidence in my work, and lets me know that I have reached a more professional level in my craft. It was my attempt to use leftover fabric from various projects, by cutting it into strips and using water soluble stabilizer to hold it together. A shirt front was constructed, and then mounted onto a recycled torso manikin from an old swim suit. Recycled pieces of polyester and cotton batting pad the manikin. The biggest challenge was to solve the problems involved in hanging. For that, I consulted other artists and the preparer at our local art museum. It took me almost a year to complete this project and come up with a good presentation. Well worth all the effort.


  1. Well, I guess it's been accepted! What an awesome piece of work Judy. Well done. Lovely.

  2. This is fabulous! Congratulations ... a gorgeous work of art.

  3. Congratulations! Judy... it is beautiful... I also appreciated your detailing the amount of work that went into it.

  4. Well Done Judy!
    You have really worked hard and have been a professional artist and it's now time for the recognition. Sometimes we have to leave our comfort zone to get to new horizons. Thank you for having such wonderful descriptive posts to inspire and inform us.
    best wishes from a fan.
    jane C

  5. Hi Judy,
    Well what a surprise this is! No mention at all about any of this! or have I missed something?
    I really know how long it takes to quilt even a small section on solve to do a good job let alone a whole garment. Just fabulous work. What an honour to be accepted also but I am not surprised - you are one talented lady!
    What a wonderful exhibition it would be to attend.
    Love, Suzy

  6. Oh Judy I just love your Flora painting - the way the flowers just seem to fall so naturally in that vase - Just BEAUTIFUL!!! Not to mention the beautiful soft colours! You are just so clever!!!

  7. It is stunning Judy! Congratulations on a well-deserved show acceptance!

  8. Hi,
    What a wonderul piece and what wonderful news! I am very happy for you and you should be proud!
    It is great art work that represents your thoughts! I think it is wonderful!
    Very best wishes,

  9. Huge congratulations Judy a very well deserving acceptance and recognition to a very highly creative lady ! i am in awe of your work and you are a true inspiration to me and many others. I thank you for your kind words of encouragement which you always leave for me and i wish you all the best !


  10. Congratulations! This is a stunning piece of art!

  11. Judy, congratulations! I love it. What a great use for the fabric.

  12. i have always though of your quilts as professional. congratulations you deserve it.

  13. "Shirtwaist" is wonderful. Congrats on your acceptance into this national show! Your blog is always a treat for me. Please drop by and see my fiber art at kbartdesigns.com


Thank you so much for your comments.