i saw this spring had to come out one way or another.
cochineal on cotton gauze. first step for shibori scarf. more later.
|Minoan, 2500-1800 BC; about 10cm high|
|Suzie Chaney often uses plaster and burnt paper for her sculptures (via)|
|Love this "diamante poem" by a 6th-grader (via)|
That lovely girl in the photo with me is my lovely granddaughter, Mia. Those who have been following my blog for low these many years know that we moved to Portland 8 years ago when she was just finishing Kindergarden. And, just like that, she is taller than me and graduated from Junior High. Her gift from me was a trip to Seattle on the train and a night in a posh hotel.
We took the trip last Friday and Saturday. Prior to that, I was busy with meetings — Guild board on Monday, finishing quilts to turn in to High Fiber Diet on Tuesday and SAQA at Terry Grant’s home on Wednesday. It was a busy week.
Early on Thursday, I met Mia and Steph at the Portland Union Station to board our train to Seattle. I love trains and train travel. This is the ceiling of the Union ‘Station.
By lunch time, we were in Seattle at the King Street Station.
We packed very lightly so that we could carry our stuff easily until we got to the Hotel Sorrento which is way up on First Hill – nine blocks up from the touristy area of the city. The station is near Pioneer Square, a lovely older area of Seattle with lots of galleries and parks. Steph knew of a restaurant there that she wanted to try — London Plane. The food was quite avant garde and very delicious. They also had a lovely selection of things for the stylish home.
I had to really hustle to keep up with my ectomorph daughter and granddaughter.
After stopping in a few shops, chosen by Miss Mia, we actually walked up to our hotel, stopping to rest at the beautifully designed Seattle Library.
The room was magically ready and so we were able to get settled. Mia loved the big king size bed so much that I thought we might never get her out of the room.
I slept in the sitting room on a pull out bed which they made up for me with a ton of pillows and comforter.
I always love going to Seattle to discover new things. On this trip, we found out about this small park which has a waterfall.
I love the variety of architecture.
We loved the small Finnish shop near Pike Place. They had a beautiful assortment of Marimekko fabric.
I took this shot of Mia on the train, coming home. I can’t believe how grown up and beautiful she is. In the fall, she is going to St Mary’s Acadamy – a highschool for girls.
We saw the start of the sun setting as we arrived back in Oregon.
I have decided to sell the pieces of textile art I have collected over the years. Here’s a list of the artists:
Sarah Louise Ricketts
Bailey Curtis – Horseshoe Pass, below
I have the images gathered together but not put in any sensible marketable format. If you have interest in any of the works by these artists, please, let me know. I will be preparing a CD with all the images. To cover burning, printing, shipping, and handling the CD will be available for $5.00 US to thelma smith at hot mail dot com on pay pal. The charge will be credited back when you make a purchase of a work.
|Working drawings, and a display of unfired clay objects|
|Ink on unprimed canvas|
|Gilded fruit and "ghosts" of cherries|
|Silk jackets in which fruit was left to dry|
|Gilded fabric on floor, freshly gilded fruit on trolley (a melon has exploded)|
|Curcuma sul travertino, Rome, 1991 (via)|
Series 1400 on Quilting Arts TV, now hosted by my friend Susan Brubaker Knapp, is about creativity and inspiration. For me, inspiration can come from everywhere: a glorious plant or view on my dog walkies with Pigwidgeon, ‘Widgeon himself, my family, an idea or a book, or something as utterly mundane as “I need a notebook cover”, or even a bag for all my watercolor stuff. I am so excited to get my copy of this series. SOB–it’s not on PBS here in Maine on satellite (MPBN are you listening?), so I need to order. You can too! It is available either on DVD or as a download (episodes or the entire series) here. Even better, if you link to the Interweave store from the button on the left sidebar, although the new series isn’t on discount, you can get a discount on some other items on the site. ! And last but certainly not least, visit editor Vivika Hansen DeNegre’s QA Blog and leave a comment for a chance to win a FREE copy of the series!
For today’s bloghop post, I thought I would share a lot of photos but not so much blather. At the end of this post as well as here (the kick off day) you can find links to all the creative talented women who appear on the series, with many thanks to the creative talented women and men who are BEHIND the camera that make all this possible!
Remember, you don’t have to wait for the episodes to air (mine are 1402, 1405 and 1408)–you can order the DVD or download the series or individual episodes here. The way they are recorded, they should play on DVD players or computers around the world–yeah! And if you go to the Interweave store through the button to the left of this blogpost, you can get a discount!
Here’s the bloghop schedule, plus you can also read all about it on Quilting Arts Editor Vivika DeNegre’s blog here. Keep coming back here to click on the appropriate link for each day.
And because I can’t resist, one more of our beloved pug:
Last year I made a quilt using alternative materials for an exhibition called Radical Elements. Each artist in the show selected an element from the periodic table and was asked to create a quilt to the same size dimensions and without relying on traditional fabric and thread.
We were also asked to make a journal incorporating work samples. Since I used my real work samples, the book is sort of messy and irregular. It is spiral bound with a nice orange fiberoptic cable.
Curious Curium – A Radical Elements Journal
Curium is named for Marie Curie who pioneered research on radioactivity, was the first woman to win a Nobel prize, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. I was fascinated that she like to ride bicycles. She and her husband Pierre went on a honeymoon bicycle trip after their wedding.
I had just bought a new bike and asked the bike shop to give me old used bicycle inner tubes to use in the quilt. Looking at photographs of Marie, I wondered how a forward-thinking person can look so old-fashioned to me?
I collected vinyl remnants that had a retro print look because I am drawn to those patterns and designs in my stitching and drawing style. As I began experimenting with cutting shapes and sewing, I realized the vinyl would be hard to work with, so I simplified my design and concept.
I started sketching, and from the beginning, I knew I would give her stars for eyes. Since at the time, I was also doing a lot of crocheting and yarnbombing, I decided to make the stars from yarn.
Blending images and concepts from 1895, 1950, and 2013 seemed impossible until I finally realized, regardless of our time or age, whether a scientist or artist, it is the commonality of curiosity that drives us forward.
Curium is a radioactive element used in space exploration and space probes. Last year we had visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and I had seen how varied and beautiful were the designs of space probes and satellites. It seemed a perfect fit for those starry eyes.
I collected odd metal parts to make my own space probes — door hardware, old sewing machine parts, brads, rivets, wire. My friends teach art in school, so I raided their stash of recycled junk and computer parts. In one box I found a folder of old classroom math acetates, so I cut and sewed them into the quilt.
Today space exploration seems futuristic, and yet at the same time, there is old space junk floating out there from years ago.
Sewing all these objects onto the quilt was a challenge and an addiction. Once I started, I did not want to stop creating fantasy space probes.
By some odd coincidence, although the bicycle image was lost long ago in the making of this quilt, I found the best way to hand sew onto the vinyl was wearing leather bike gloves. I’m not very good at using a thimble, but wearing the gloves, I could push and pull the needle through very thick material.
Here’s the quilt. At first I was going to finish it like my drawing. Then I realized that if I stopped right where it’s at now — instead of one face, there are three faces. This was purely an accident. Can you see them?
The exhibition is now booked for the National Academy of Sciences on Constitution Avenue in Washington D.C. for April-September, 2015.
The concept and initial curation is by Jill Rumoshosky Werner, managing curator is Gigi Kandler with loads of help from SAQA traveling exhibitions coordinator Bill Reker, and the catalog designed by Deidre Adams. Other booking include the initial opening that was at Montgomery College earlier this year and in 2016, at the Funk Center for Textile Arts.
p.s. The blue spot inside the test tube is part of a yoga ball!
|(click to enlarge)|
The giveaway is done, and #36 is the lucky winner of the Quilting the Garden giveaway according to the Random number generator!
Phyllis Carlyle, that’s YOU! Please send me your snail mail address and I’ll pop a copy of my DVD into the mail for you.
If you want to see what it was about, check out my earlier blogpost asking for feedback on a new workshop I am developing. Comments are still welcome! Thank you ALL who participated—great feedback and suggestions. Once I get the results tallied, I will do a post, but not until the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 Bloghop is well under way. For more on that, check out this post for the QA TV Series giveaway. Thanks everyone!
|Even though the weight of the slip makes the cloth sag, the pleats stay in|
|Combining metallic organza with a non-metallic synthetic organza|
|A few stitches hold the two types of fabric together|
|Paper helps hold the shape while the slip dries|
|Centre - fired clay painted with porcelain slip (wonder what will happen...); |
front - drinks-cup band punched, folded, sewn (this will be fragile, I think)
|Some of the dipped fabrics|
|... and the rest of the objects|
Today is day one of the Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 Blog hop,
and I’m thrilled to be a part of the bloghop and on the new series! I can’t wait to see the episodes, and not just mine. The overall themes for Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 were about finding your inner artist and creativity through inspiration,
so I know this is going to be a great season. Please join in the bloghop by visiting the blogs below, starting with Vivika (editor of Quilting Arts) today and going on with other guests on the series including (who me???!!!) me! If you’d like to order, click on the Save 15% Quilting Arts button on the left (or read on); if you’d like to check out the previews, look here.
Here’s a list of who is blogging and when: keep coming back here to click on the appropriate link for each day.
July 18: Vivika DeNegre at http://www.quiltingdaily.com/…/qatv-14-sneak-peek-…. and quiltingdaily.com
July 19: Luana Rubin (luanarubin.typepad.com)/Linda Friedman (lindasartquilts.blogspot.com)
July 20: Sarah Ann Smith (sarahannsmith.com/weblog)/Karen Gloeggler (Seminarandsew.com)
July 21: Carrie Bloomston (suchitysuch.blogspot.com/ Catherine Redford (catherineredford.com)
July 22: Sue Reno (suereno.blogspot.com)/ Rebekah Meier (rebekahmeier.com)
July 23: Lyric Kinard (lyrickinard.com/blog) / Margie Ullery (ribboncandyquilts.blogspot.com)
July 24: Cheryl Sleboda (muppin.com/wordpress/) / Jane Sassaman (janesassaman.com/weblog)
July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp (bluemoonriver.blogspot.com)
If you’re like me, instead of waiting you can order the series directly from Interweave and (a) not wait and (b) not have to deal with the fact that you don’t get the TV show on your local TV or cable/satellite service! To order, click here or (even better) use the badge in the sidebar of this blog to get you there–that does good stuff for both Quilting Arts and me! Now go check out Vivika’s blog today, then come back and see the posts every day!
|Metallic organza has discoloured the porcelain|
|Sequin pins were stuck into the paper before wrapping with wool|
I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! they’d advertise – you know!
How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!
I’ll be talking about my art and art quilts at the Byron Public Library in Byron, IL on September 17 at 10:30 a.m. It’s for the general public, so I will definitely be answering the question, “What is an art quilt?”
I’ll also be discussing why I make art quilts and showing how my art quilts have developed over time. There will be tons of artwork there because talking is one thing, but seeing is another!
The event is free, but call to register (815-234-5107) so they know how many chairs to set up. Or you can let me know and I will pass the info on to the library staff.
Joe and I pick towns to live in based, in large part, on what kind of library the town has. Byron had a nice library when we moved here and then build this fab prairie-style one a few years later. I’m happy to give back to a place I visit almost every week and always find something interesting to read.
Rayna Gilman tagged me to participate in this tour around to discover how others create.
What am I working on?
Right now, I am finishing up two large quilts that will be entered in my local fiberarts guild upcoming show, What’s Blue to You? I have to do the mundane work of sleeves and labels and traveling bags, just in case they get in.
I went off on a bit of a tangent with my two pieces. When I was a child, my grandmother used the term sky blue pink quite often – simetimes to describe the colors in the sky and sometimes just for fun. I had several pieces of fabric that had been snow dyed and dyed in a class I took with Judy Robinson that reminded me of sky blue pink. I made a collage of them and made a piece of hand stitched cheesecloth the centerpiece. It seemed unfinished until I added some fused flying geese. It is called Flight Through Sky Blue Pink.
Here is a detail of the cheesecloth and flying geese.
The other is an enlargement of my Picasso Woman. I made an etching of this years ago. Recreating her in this large format was a major undertaking. I dyed blue fabric and printed blue fabric with copper highlights for her hair. She is now Blue Picasso Woman.
Since the work I do comes out of my crazy brain, I hope it is unique. I rarely use commercial fabric. I start with a blank slate of white fabric and then paint, print or dye to create what I want. Some times I create fabric for a piece and sometimes, a piece of dyed fabric tells me what it wants to be. I do not do much piecing. I love the freedom of fusing fabric. It is much freer and more painterly that when pieced – at least for me.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I recently went through downsizing and moving to a condo. I had to give up studio work during that time – about 6 months. When I got set up in my new studio and sewing area at our home, I was so happy. It made me realize how critical a creative life is to my well-being. I love fabric. I love how I can manipulate it, add new surfaces to it and stitch on it.
How does your writing/creative process work?
I often work on projects in what seems like a last minute kind of way. But I do a lot of my process work in my head, thinking about it on walks, when falling asleep and when waking up. I sometimes make sketches, but more often than not, I love just throwing fabric at the design wall, shifting and folding as I come up with a composition.
I recently wrote a new artist statement. In part, it says:
I spend my day observing and photographing the sublime and the quirky scenes around me — a shadow on the deck, a group of trees, the graffiti on a building, architectural details or the juxtaposition of shapes. These scenes become inspiration for the textile art that I create. I distill the scene down to the essential elements, often in abstract form. I love the serendipity of transforming a piece of fabric with paint or dye and using the resulting creations in my textile art.
I have tagged 2 artists for next Monday’s Creative Blog Tour.
Helen Conway was one of the Twelves in the 12 x12 collaboration. I have so enjoyed watching her growth as an artist. I think you will enjoy visiting her blog.
Susan Lenz is one of the most prolific fiber artists that I know. I was honored to be part of one of her past installations about choices we make.
I will try to remind you to visit these blogs next Monday.