The Southern Highland Guild has a members only show every other year in the main gallery of the Folk Art Center in Asheville, NC. There is always a theme; in years past such things as "black and white", a piece no larger than 6" and fellowship where you teamed up with another member to make a piece were used. All were great fun and very challenging.
This time around, the theme was Wabi Sabi - a Japanese concept dealing with finding imperfection in things is beautiful. The exhibit - "Perfect Imperfection - Embracing Wabi Sabi" opened this past friday. I had come across a poem by Leonard Cohen - an instant connection and knew this was going to be the focal point and name of my piece. I printed it out on muslin and burned the edges with a woodburning tool to give it an aged look.
I find what works for me - let it stew on the design wall for a while. Going in and out of my studio gives me a new perspective each time. Above right...the long strip of blue near the top...thought I loved it until I lived with it for a few days....too strong....also the bottom left is too heavy and needed something to lighten it up.