A couple weeks ago, I submitted my work to the jury at the Local 14 show, and yesterday I was notified I was accepted!! I'm thrilled. This is a very large, women-only show that has been going on for 44 years now in Portland.
But what is really fun for me is that 20 years ago, when I had just moved back to Oregon from Montana, I read about the Local 14 show in the Portland newspaper, The Oregonian, and said to myself, "Someday I am going to be in that show." Over the years, each year when I saw it advertised, I'd say, "Someday..."
The photo is a new piece: Compressed Experience. Friend Deb gave me, among other things, the tall wooden box (actually a file card tray), and the lovely wooden woman/comb. To the tall box, I added a base I made from a wooden picture frame which I cut with a chop saw, and a fence post topper I repurposed from an old, old piece I had disassembled. The interior is lined with a handmade paper with bamboo sticks through it.
My "lady" has an added belt around her waist with a dice and a tiny little bejeweled metal container that I have had for at least 20 years. At that point, I got stuck on the piece, but knew it wasn't done. When I put a screw in from the back to fasten the woman into place, she cracked slightly....a crack which ran from her shoulder to her breast, creating the perfect opening for some of my favorite red string to hang down the front.
(Compressed Experience copyright by Diane Lou)