Sunday, February 28, 2010

FGP#28 More Sleight of Hand info

6 ♣  Joanne Strehle Bast Clubbing the Night Away Prohibition birthed the nightclub when women had to go out at night for illegal alcohol. Men+women+alcohol+party atmosphere=dancing. My six of clubs depicts three eras of nightclub dancing.

Sleight of Hand exhibition
March 20 - May 8, 2010
Opening March 20, 6:30-9 pm
3583 Butler St., Lawrenceville, PA 15201
Tues.-Fri. 11-6   Sat. 11-5  412-687-2606
Sleight of Hand card decks will be for sale at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party March 13, the Sleight of Hand opening March 20, and on the Pittsburgh Fiberarts Guild
The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, Inc. is a non-profit, member supported organization that promotes appreciation of fiber art and fosters its development. The Sleight of Handproject is a fundraiser for Fiberart Internationalan acclaimed triennial juried exhibition of contemporary international fiber art sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.Sleight of Hand is a fundraiser for Fiberart International, a triennial juried exhibition of contemporary international fiber art sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh. 
Fiberart International 2010 exhibition
April 16, 2010 - August 22, 2010
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232 and
Society for Contemporary Craft
2100 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
Opening Reception April 16, 5:30-8:00 PM at both locations

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

FGP#27Sleight of Hand composite Deck

Here is a photo of all the cards in the Sleight of Hand Deck. Quite a project! Joanne

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

FGP #26 Sleight of Hand Exhibit information

Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Simmons Hall (corner of Shady and Fifth Ave)
Admission: $10, Children free

Join in the fun for an Alice in Wonderland card party brought to you by the Fiberarts Guild and PCA! This festive event will feature a special appearance by the Queen of Hearts herself! Attendees will participate in interactive card games, and are welcome to assemble a group to host their own game of choice as well. Children are welcome to attend and will be encouraged to design their own deck (materials provided). Be sure to stop by the Creative Card table for our Castle Challenge to build a tower of your own. Prizes awarded.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a tray of cookies or tea sandwiches to  share. Costumes/festive apparel encouraged, but not required.  The Sleight of Hand deck of playing cards was created as a fundraiser for  the Fiberarts  International 2010. Each of the 52 cards feature  reproductions of fiber works by guild members. Decks of cards will be available for purchase at the time of this event at PCA (attendees are welcome to bring any deck in lieu of the Sleight of Hand deck.) 

The Sleight of Hand show will be installed at Lawrenceville's BE (Borelli-Edwards) Galleries in March. The Show opens March 20, 6:30-9, and runs until May 8. The decks will premier at the opening, with both single and double decks for sale. They will also be available at the Fiberart International opening, the Forum, and other venues to be announced. Joanne

I will post more details as they become available. Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh is  and PO Box 5478, Pittsburgh, PA 15206     

Monday, February 8, 2010

FGP#25 "Clubbing the Night Away" final touches

It is always tricky thinking out the presentation of a beadwork piece. I was not satisfied with the way that the 6 of clubs piece hung. The wire joins at the top where I placed loops for hanging created small hinges which moved just enough to allow the piece to bend and not hang straight. I searched for heavier wire but would have to had used brown. The 14 gauge wire that I used was the heaviest black I could find, I really did not want to add a brown border by whip stitching another round of wire with a different join site. I had no luck at craft and/or hardware stores finding something that would do the trick. However, it was time to get my teeth cleaned, and I asked my dentist about wire. He sent me to an orthodontist friend who gave me a piece of thin but very stiff orthodontic wire. It did the trick. All I needed was to support the top line that contained the loops and joins of the original wire. I whip stitched the orthodontic wire to the back of the piece between the first 2 rows of beads. It is barely visible and improves the hang immensely. Joanne

Here are the final shots and details of each couple. I am still waiting to here when and where the deck of cards may be purchased and when and where (in Pittsburgh, PA) the exhibit of all the card pieces will be. I will post here when I know.