The LAFTA (Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists) annual show is currently being held at the Water Tower in Louisville. I was thrilled to have two pieces (Prayer at Sunset and Flying Bikinis) juried into the show this year. The opening reception was held this past Sunday. The juror, Jennifer Reis, did a gallery walk and talk during the reception. It was interesting to hear what she had to say about the exhibit. I took a few pictures during the reception. They are just a small sampling of what you'll see if you come to the exhibit. (See my sidebar for details on where the show is and the hours the gallery is open.)
One of my favorite pieces in the show is Melanie Snyder's "Mark Making 6, layers." It is 35" X 43" and made of hand-dyed cotton, silk, and hand-printed cotton. The red silk really added a beautiful sheen to the piece.
Pat Sturtzel's "Rain Ripple" is 58" X 36". It is made with painted dye on cotton sateen with soy wax resist. The different blues in this piece are beautiful. You truly get a feeling of rain dropping into pools when looking at it.
Marti Plager's "Ice Fall" is a triptych. The piece measures 37" X 49". It is made of cotton materials. Marti has used flour paste resist and has dye painted the fabric. The piece is machine quilted. It truly is icy blue.
Joanne Weis's work is very organic. I am really drawn to the hand stitching on this "23" X 32" piece called "Food for the World."
Kathy Loomis also has a triptych in this show. It is called "Crazed 13, 14, 15: Black Hole" and measures 62" X 42". It is made of cotton fabric and is machine pieced and machine quilted. The sheer number of tiny lines of fabric sewn into the piece is mind boggling.
There are lots of other fiber pieces in this show. You can see felted and beaded items, knitted/crocheted items, hand-made books, paper quilts and more. The Water Tower is right on the river, so the view is beautiful; and you can have lunch/dinner before or after your visit...the King Fish is right next door.