Just got done viewing my CD Catalog that came in the mail today. All
I can say is WOW!!!! Such a variety and all fabulous. I would have
loved to have seen the show in person.
Larkin, great work. And Van, great work from you, too!!!!
What a thrill to find a little package in my mailbox this afternoon ... my copy of It's Good to be Green CD arrived, and I had ordered it on Friday!!!
Larkin, your "dream team" of designers shows the effort you put forth in the selection process. Their work is absolutely wonderful, as is yours. Such a grand variety, with some of my all-time favorite artists. Couldn't ask for more ... unless it was to see the exhibit in person. I've zipped through CD quickly to see all the pieces, but that is only the first of many times I will study theses works of art. Please convey my gratitude to Van for his terrific photography. And to you, Larkin, a huge THANK YOU for your time, effort, and heart that went into this exhibit.
I received the "It's Good to be Green!" CD today and would like to thank you for all the hard work that you and G. Armour put into developing this cd. I truly appreciate your time and efforts. Of course the artist themselves put a lot of work into their projects and are all to be congratulated for a wonderful show. I know that I look forward to many viewings of this special CD.
An Invitational Exhibit at Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, Oregon
I became the curator of this exhibit quite by accident, as the result of a five minute phone call and a big mouth. The Latimer Quilt and Textile Center had an exhibit cancellation and asked me to move my solo show up by several months. When I asked what they were going to do with the hole in the calendar, the response was that they didn't know. The next thing I knew, I was asking if I could curate an invitational show for them. When they agreed and asked what the title of the show would be, "It's Good To Be Green" flew out of my mouth. All in five minutes. Completely unplanned. Where had that come from?
Then the work began. I spent a lot of time making lists for my "dream team" of designers, decided on what I wanted the exhibit to look like, trying to figure out all the questions that the artists would have. What emerged were a few basic parameters:
- in addition to quilts, there were two display cases to accommodate 3-D works
- the quilts would all be 18 inches wide by 45 inches long to give the exhibit a unified look
- "fiber" would be defined loosely enough to encompass paper, wood, and even wire
- to avoid any copyright issues, no Kermit The Frog images would be permitted
- the artists were free to interpret the theme any way they chose, but any work that advocated hate or violence would not be displayed
Once the rules were in place, it was time to contact the artists. They would have a year to produce the work, but I knew that some would decline the invitation due to other commitments, and a few would find they had to drop out mid-project. Still others would choose to make two pieces. I invited a few more than I needed for the exhibit, and the numbers (amazingly) worked out just as I suspected.
When I started receiving the digital images from the artists, all I could do was sit in front of my computer screen in awe. They had obviously all put their hearts and souls into their work, and produced artwork that ranges from the simple and elegant to the comic and extravagantly embellished. It was even more remarkable when the art started showing up at my door for professional photography. The textures, colors, and design work caused an inordinate number of "Wows" to escape my lips. This was going to be a remarkable exhibit.
So make yourself a cup of tea, and prepare to be dazzled as you browse through the works of art presented in this exhibit. It's the next best thing to being there.
My sincere thanks for your support,
Larkin Jean Van Horn
The CD catalog includes a page for every work that will be displayed, with at least two detail shots. Some were so varied that no less than eight photos seemed necessary. The catalog is entirely in validated HTML and can be viewed with any current web browser. Use any computer, Windows, Macintosh, Linux, you name it. On Windows the catalog will automatically be displayed, on others it's as simple as opening the disk and double-clicking on "index.html".
From the beginning, I had hoped to be able to find a way to help the artists with the cost of shipping their work to and from the exhibit. And, having been inspired by Virginia Spiegel's Fiberart For A Cause project, I decided that making a donation to a worthy cause would be an appropriate part of this exhibit. The exhibit CD in your hands will do three things: 1) a portion will go to support the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, 2) a portion will help defray the costs to the participants, and 3) all additional funds will be donated to Habitat For Humanity. Production funding for this CD was provided by our friends Andy and Sine Hough.
CDs will be sent in bubble-lined mailers via First-Class Mail, postage is included in these prices.
As of 20 March, the CDs have arrived, and all orders received have been shipped. Orders placed now will be mailed out within two business days.