ATC stands for Artist’s Trading Card, and it’s basically the creative, unique and arty version of a business card. There are guidelines about the size/ format of each card and this time the theme was 'getting away from it all'. Ali allocates everyone a swap partner and it's all secret so is a lovely surprise when yours arrives in the post!
My swap partner, Hilda said that she "loves greens and browns, but doesn't like pink". This was a great match and definitely suited my style! The theme of this swap conjured up images of white beaches, blue seas and palm trees swaying in the breeze.... Now I just needed to try and create that in fabric!
I started with the background by sewing strips of cream and blue fabric. The sea looked a bit 'flat' so I top stitched on some thin bits of ribbon.
My ATC was from Jackie of Jackie's Crafts. The detail is amazing and it really captures the feel of wind blowing through your hair. I love it!!
My ATC was going to Louise who simply stated "I love happy colours and whimsy" Perfect!!
Like Sian (and many others doing the swap!) my immediate thoughts for Getting Away From it All went to being on a beach. I had done an art piece on an index card for the Daisy Yellow 2014 Index-Card-A-Day Challenge using the prompt 'Beach Umbrella' and wanted to do something similar.
I also wanted to do more of the fabric scrap weaving technique that we had done so picked bluey/green and sandy beach colours from my scraps.
I was going to make an Umbrella (I realised that three would totally cover up the detail of the strips!) from more scraps, but found a crochet flower embellishment. It was quite similar in colour to the sand so I dyed it with tea, and added some handmade cord strips as the spokes. I finished off with a zigzag border but kept it a bit scrappy to match the effect of the scrappy strips (and because I'm still trying to learn how to do that bit neater!!!
And here is the ATC I received! Its from Katrina and titled "Off We Go". The amount of detail is quite spectacular - it must have taken forever - and I love it!
You can check out everyone's ATC's here at The Very Berry Handmade flickr group