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“Mrs. Twedt” was my art teacher when I was in high school back in the 70’s!  I met her… again, thirty+ years later, quite unexpectedly…’ in my next door neighbor’s back yard, at a Fourth of July barbeque several summers ago. She goes by “Katie” now… and it took me awhile to get comfortable calling her only by her first name!  IT HAS BEEN such a blessing to know her as friend...a wonderful encourager, and talented artist that she is.  She then invited me to be the featured artist at our LIBERTY VILLAGE ARTS CENTER in my hometown of Chester, MT. You can buy Katie’s art there… and oh, by the way, she has been featured in several national art magazines of the Somerset Studio variety with her wonderful, and full-of-color ART.
Her art play is fantabulous! The picture below shows a piece of her paper art.  I’m so fascinated with her art, I just had to find a way to incorporate it into a quilt, and (with her permission) made it the theme of this mini art quilt.

aban-don: to give (oneself) over unrestrainedly.  (verb) emphasis added!!!!

co-lor: a phenomenon of light (as red, brown, pink, or gray) or visual perception that enables one to differentiate otherwise identical objects:  vitality, interest

How do you play? Are you abandoned? Do you forget about rules… boxes, and just let yourself GO… outside the boxes and play.  Play.  PLAY!

  This was an exercise in creative “Play with… Abandon!”  No big time planning, I didn’t allow myself to “fuss” — and quickly put together leftover ‘elements’ I had hanging around in my studio, like paintstik leaves, angelina, fusings from previous cut-outs, scraps of ribbon, a button, a lace flower experiment… wrapped pipe cleaners I had fun making but didn’t know what to do with once I had them done…   No pre-plan, so itinerary… the exploration of the unknown … to SEE what happens… I LOVE it.  Spontaneous, unplanned, and above all, FUN. This is what I encourage all of you to think about as you sit down and work I mean play.

  tex·ture: noun \ˈteks-chər: a. something composed of closely interwoven elements; specifically: a woven cloth b: the structure formed by the threads of a fabric …

Liberty: the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of  choice …Oh … to be …!

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