Planet Textile Threads

August 22, 2014

Rayna Gillman

Happy Friday

This is the pinky on my left hand.  It has four stitches in it and you do not want to know the gory details.  Suffice it to say that I am glad my neighbor was home and could put multiple bandaids on my finger.  Unfortunately, it was not enough.

I was hoping not to have to go to the urgent care place a few blocks away because I was expecting the service person to fix my leaking ice machine to arrive between 1 and 4 this afternoon and it was already after 1:00.  Alas, I had to go.  The good news is that my neighbor was able to let in the service guy, who then called me on my cell while I was waiting for the stitches.  By the time all was well and I got home, the service guy was long gone but I could not get into my driveway because the roofing people had parked in front of my driveway, blocking it.  Don't even ask about that.

My neighbor told me that the GE guy ordered 2 parts and will be back next Friday, but that he heard gurgling in the drain and I needed to call a plumber to check that out.  oh, joy.  THEN she said that my carpet in the basement was soaked, so down I went.  Indeed!
A little spot of water damage to the ceiling but the whole carpet wet.  Called the insurance company. I need the mold prevention guys with fans here.  Am waiting for a call from the adjuster. The plumber can wait till Monday, when my brother from Pittsburgh and his brood arrive to stay.  Uh - the downstairs guest room is soaked. Sigh...

Can't wait to see what the rest of the almost-over day brings.  I had planned to spend today working at home. So much for THAT!

I am left dominant, although there are some things I cannot do with my left and can only do with my right hand.  Using knife and scissors are the top two.  I also drink/dial the phone (or whatever you call it these days) and iron.  Go figure.  I am a crackerjack typist, at least 80 wpm -- but today, I am typing using my left index finger instead of my pinky, so there might be typos.  

Maybe I should order takeout tonight.  I was going to cook, but not while my finger is in pain and I can't get it wet.    I don't have anything I can even microwave -- so I might as well call Athena's Greek Kitchen and relax.

RELAX?? What is that?  I was planning to spend the day in the dye studio tomorrow - uh - nope. never a dull moment. I think I will read tonight and let the chips fall where they may, which they will do, anyway.


by noreply@blogger.com (Rayna) at August 22, 2014 08:10 PM

Dijanne Cevaal

The Journey to Pozible-9 Days left to Pledge

 To say that this Pozible funding campaign has been a journey is an understatement- we go from high to low in a matter of hours but at the same time we are blown away by the fact that 102 people have so far believed in our project and the journey. So I feel I would like to share the journey  to some extent.

My eldest daughter, Celeste who is designing the book was almost at the beginning of the journey. She was just a toddler when I started my textile/quilting business. After initially learning the skills and taking to machine quilting like a duck to water- using the needle as my pen I found I could draw things I would never draw by hand. I was off and running. Two more daughters  came along and we moved to the Otways- we recycled a house rather than build a new house and we battled along in the pre internet days, teaching, creating and dyeing loads and loads of fabrics and even printing some.

The in 1997 one of my quilts won a kudos prize in France and so I started the dream to go to France with my young family. I corresponded with the  organiser madame Tison and so was hatched the plan to take 30 Art quilts made by different Australian artists  to be exhibited at Chateau de Chassy. As part of the event Madame Tison graciously allowed my young children and ex husband and myself to stay in the Chateau. This was a typical burgundian chateau that had definitely seen better days- but what an adventure- we lived in a castle for 3 months and the exhibition was a rip roaring success and ended up being seen in  a lot of European venues and the Australian Embassy in Paris- and so was born my curating career.

Between 2000-2010 I toured many exhibitions - all of them on crazy shoe string budgets and  always with a child in tow as I could use their luggage allowance to carry the quilts that always weighed in excess of baggage allowances that the airline companies allow in flights form Australia to Europe. We went to the Middle East, Egypt, Syria even Israel and the Palestinian Territory and meanwhile many events in Europe as well in many different countries. I worked hard at trying to put Australian and New Zealand art quilts on the world quilting stage- I was passionate in my belief that Antipodeans are extremely talented!

In 2010 I hung up my curating shoes- the economy was increasingly impacting on costs of travelling exhibitions and baggage allowances were a nightmare and my children were now at high school so they could no longer accompany me. (little did I realise those curating shoes would only stay in the cupboard a little time). I also decided it was time to focus on my own work- carrying around suitcases of other people's work meant there was little room for my own work.In 2007 I separated from my ex-husband, though still lived in the Otways.

2010 was also the year I spent  mostly living in France with my youngest daughter ( she didn't like it I loved it and will forever be grateful to  my friend Liwanag Sales and her  husband Michel Fromont) for allowing me to live at le Triadou at the foot of Pic St Loup. I came back with my youngest daughter needing to finish high school at a better school than Colac could offer us at that stage, and so we moved to Geelong. Olive tree linocut inspired by the landscape around Le Triadou.


During this time I still made trips to Europe but shorter ones and only once a year. I also joined Geelong Quilters, became president and convened their Bienniel exhibition last year. However after my year in France I really wanted to write/create something about the experience. I have always loved France but felt I wanted to create something more- after all the country had received me with open arms- so brewed the idea for this book. But I wanted it to be a beautiful book, something that was inspiring but also went some way to answering the question as to what inspires me- it is a really difficult question to answer on the spot!

And so we have come a full circle- my eldest daughter loves books as much as I do and is also studying  visual communication and design ( my other daughters are all incredibly talented as well) and so we decided we would embark on this journey together- to create this book Musing in Textile: France and  we ask you for your help in pledging for rewards which we have framed in such a way that  most rewards are pre-orders of the book with some extras thrown in. If we reach our target we feel this is the beginning of another journey- to bring more books in this vein to you our supporters!

So we are nearly at the half way mark of our fundraising efforts and there is  9 days left to Pledge for a reward- without you this book cannot happen- we hope that you will share in the dream and be inspired by it  as well!

The sample pages from the Introduction are about encounters in France- later chapters will have some of the work I have created as a result of the inspirations.


by Dijanne Cevaal (noreply@blogger.com) at August 22, 2014 11:25 AM

Margaret Cooter

New caf on the block

At one corner of the Arts Building(!) in the big John Jones redevelopment is, newly opened, a bakery/cafe -
Through the windows, in the photo, you can just about see the teeny-tiny minicab office across the street, and the rail yard beyond that - very scenic... Not to forget the Hair Port salon, just out of view...

This pic, presumably of the High St Ken cafe, from their website shows that trendy-area prices are seeping along to up-and-coming Finsbury Park - £3 for a capuccino, £2.25 for tea. Ouch!
This area could definitely do with some more places to buy good bread. I'm a big fan of the 5-cereal loaves from the organic shop, but don't happen to be passing by it all that often. Whereas this cafe is open early and late, and requires only a slight swerve on the way home from the tube station.

Outside the swish new building, reality kicks in -
The teeny-tiny minicab office, with rail yard behind

"Hair Port" and the hand car wash, with Finsbury Park underground behind

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 22, 2014 09:07 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Home Made Ice Cream


When we were growing up, we had a milk cow and thus an abundance of cream.  It was a summer tradition to make ice cream with the hand crank.  Most of the grandkids and great grandkids had no experience with home made ice cream, so my mother  brought her old hand crank and all the supplies.  It made for a fun afternoon activity.  And a delicious treat that evening!

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 22, 2014 06:00 AM

August 21, 2014

Olga Norris

The edge of chill

Definite change in the weather - and the morning sun is lower in the sky: the view out to the garden at breakfast is distinctly approaching Autumn.  The holly is full of green berries, and the hawthorns' berries are reddening quickly.  The hazel on the way to the post office has lost all its nuts to the squirrels who can be seen from time to time running along the electricity wire with something suspiciously nut-like in their mouth.  Soup will be warm now.
Catch the fall: working design for linocut

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at August 21, 2014 05:29 PM

Dijanne Cevaal

10 Days to Go

My goodness last night was lively in the fundraising effort to self publish on Pozible and we thank each and everyone of you that pledged. It gives us hope again and we are now at 40% funded. However we recognise there is still a long way to go so please share our link widely in your  social networks!

Also we are going to offer the pledger that brings us over the $10,000 ( the half funded mark) something special which we will let you know about tomorrow.

Further those who pledge for the workshops will have a choice in which workshop  which you will do- it will be entirely your choice!

We have been working hard on creating a sample chapter- please bear in mind that the translation is in its beginning stages as we do not want someone to spend all that time and effort if we don't reach our funding target on Pozible.

by Dijanne Cevaal (noreply@blogger.com) at August 21, 2014 12:47 PM

Margaret Cooter

Poetry Thursday - The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Portrait (and raven) by Schin Loong (available on Etsy)
The 108-line poem starts as it means to go on, rhythmic and alliterative, with many internal rhymes -

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
''Tis some visitor,' I muttered, 'tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more.'

The famous "Nevermore" appears in the 9th verse, after the bird is sitting comfortably on a bust of Pallas [goddess of wisdom] that is positioned over the chamber door -

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
'Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, 'art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'

The next nine verses end in "Nevermore", until the poem ends -

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted- nevermore! 

Read the entire "Raven" here. It's brought "to chilling life" in this video (though you have to suffer a 30-second advert first). The setting is greatly inspired by German expressionist cinema; the video is about 11 minutes long. Or, have it read to you: in this video, the reader isChristopher Lee - it's all about the listening; the words on screen are a distraction.

The poem is set in context, and dissected, here - and elsewhere. Manet and Gustave Dore are among its illustrators, during its long life - it was first published in 1845.


As for Poe (1809-1849), writer of mystery and horror ... he "was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career." That comes from Wikipedia, where you can pick up the rest of the story of his life. "The cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents."

The "Allan" in his name was not given to him at birth, but by the family in Richmond, Virginia, who fostered him after his father skedaddled in 1810 and his mother died a year later of tuberculosis.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 21, 2014 09:34 AM

Neki Rivera

noise


living in the city is great. there is access to shops,hospitals many cultural activities and other amenities. i can turn down the stove, run down to get that missing ingredient and be back in 5 minutes; that's convenience. there is also a sense of neighborhood that i like. BUT:
summer means renovations and there is always one, if we're lucky, going on.this is not japan where neighbors are visited to announce the works thanked for their patience and in good will spirit presented with small gifts. here you wake up one morning at 8 to the sound of a sledge hammer. husband -san finds it normal because people take advantage of their going away on holidays to do the works, that's the way it's been done; this kills me. sure they go away and come back to a redone place. no inconveniences for them all for the neighbors. i think inconveniences should be shared.

this week has been dramatic after we thought the other works had finished 2 weeks ago and peace had finally settled in.
there's a lot of stitching going on because work has to be relaxing, soothing frayed nerves. in the hopes that the workers start painting next week yours truly is stitching away. the one above is still in progress. printed, painted and distressed lutradur, still dealing with the pink OD.




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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at August 21, 2014 08:16 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Paugh Sisters

 I have 5 sisters.  I am the second oldest.  We thought it was interesting that we arrived on Friday wearing matching colors as you see in this picture.  No planning was involved.  But we could not resist the photo op!

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 21, 2014 05:30 AM

Rayna Gillman

Midweek post

Technically, this should be Wordless Wednesday, but I'm making up for lost time.

This is tonight's dinner: leftover pizza from Sunday night.  Last night was leftover fabulous Moroccan lamb burger made on the grill  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/moroccan-lamb-burgers-with-mint-yogurt-sauce from Monday night, accompanied by a horiatiki salad I took out from my favorite local Greek restaurant.

Tomorrow I am taking my grandsons Josh and Ben out to lunch and will hope to have some leftovers from that event, because I am not in the mood to cook.  At least, not for myself.  This is unusual (as you probably find unsurprising) so I have to assume there is a good reason for it and I should just go with the flow.  Friday, lunch with a friend - ditto.  If I can make it till Saturday night and dinner out, I'm home free.

The weather here in NJ has been drop-dead gorgeous: fall in the air -- no humidity.  Today, somewhat muggy but it has cooled down enough for me to take advantage of dining on the deck. I always feel as though I am on vacation when I eat out here and look at the woods.  Of course, "look at" does not mean "live in" -- I am a city girl who never lived in a city.  Go figure.

MInt, basil, oregano, and  look at that wonderful rosemary plant!  I guess I will have to take them to Florida with me in December.  Can't let them die -- I have wintered over the mint and the basil for a couple of years now.  I am also thinking of buying a curry leaf plant and taking that to Fla with me, where it should flourish and get a good start till it comes home to my skylight in the greenhouse - aka master bath, where there is both light and humidity.

Now that I have polished off the pizza and it is starting to get to the time of day when the mosquitos waltz over to my deck, it is time to go in and get back to work putting facings on a quilt that persists in changing measurements every time I get out the tape measure.  I give up -- I never was about perfection and just want to get the damn thing DONE.

Today's schedule...

9:30 am - waiting for the guy to come see if the bubble in my living room ceiling 
a)  is a leak in the roof or
b) is something I have to pay to repair.
Care to hazard a guess?

2) 11:30 am - meeting my art exhibit partner at the gallery and crawling around trying to figure out how we will hang our work next month for our October exhibit.

3) 12:45 pm - dealing with a leaking ice machine/ruined ceiling in the basement guest room and a call to the thank god-five year extended warantee people.  Don't ask.
 
3a) 1:30 pm - steaming the two silk scarves I printed yesterday.

4) 2:15 pm - a lovely visit from my my daughter Hilary, who had an hour between appointments and had to be in my neighborhood.

5)  5:00 pm - follow-up appointment with the eye doctor to check on the problem with my right eye. It's better but not perfect.

6) 6:30 pm - this is where I started, pizza in the oven.

Ah - I lead such a glamourous life:-).

by noreply@blogger.com (Rayna) at August 21, 2014 12:26 AM

Terry Grant

Sunday in my City

I love having house guests. It is an opportunity to be a tourist in my own city. I always tell people I am from Portland, and I really feel I am even though I no longer live in Portland proper. We are out on the edges—technically in no city at all—so I can choose where I call home. Sometimes weeks go by when I don't set foot in the city, but I do love downtown Portland and, everchanging as it is, there is something new to see every time we venture downtown. Thanks to visits from my friend Kristin LaFlamme and my cousin Ginger and the marvelous Quilt! Knit! Stitch! Show, I have spent more time in the city in the past two weeks than I have in the past six months.

Sunday, Ginger, Ray and I went down to the Bijou Cafe for breakfast, then walked along the river and through the Saturday Market. It was a perfect Portland day. See— it really doesn't rain here all the time!

Outside Voodoo Donuts. Blues guitar. She was good!

Food cart city.

Historic

A Benson Bubbler. You have to love a city whose founders put water fountains all through the public streets. 

Saturday Market, under the bridge 

Ray makes a purchase

Henna tattoos





Dog creating a puddle right in front of the bench where we were sitting. It's a "dog town"


"Why complain when it rains? This is what it means to be free."





by Terry Grant (noreply@blogger.com) at August 21, 2014 01:17 AM

August 20, 2014

Margaret Cooter

Keeping track of journal quilts

CQ's JQs this year are 8"x8" and what a lovely size that is. Now and then I've been producing one or more in the "High Horizons" series, and putting them in a stack, intending to upload them to the yahoogroup photo site "soon".

The upload deadlines are 30 April, 31 Aug, and 30 Dec - four quiltlets at a time, if you've not been uploading them month by month. Which means there can be a lot of confusion if you haven't labelled them as soon as they're ready (made and edged/bound, photographed and edited)  - confusion not just in terms of title, but also in terms of which month they're intended for. Or even ... "did I upload this one already? surely ... but I can't find it in the yahoogroup files..." - nor can I find it on my computer, oh dear....

So much confusion! Time to devise A System ... yet again - but by writing it down, I can avoid confusion next year.
May14_FogWarning
It makes sense to have all high-res photos of quilts in a big folder called Quilts. This is in My Pictures, and is not to be confused with the folder called "quilts" in the ready-to-upload-to-the-blog (ie, low res) folder, which is on the Desktop.  (What to do with those low-res pix is a matter for "later".)

(The size of the photo - high res or low res - can quickly be discovered by hovering the curson at the bottom right of the photo, but it's easier to separate the "print" versions from the "web" versions - or at least to label them, eg Title_highres, when renaming.)
June14_SafeHarbour
Back to the 11 JQs, four (or more?) of which are in the yahoogroup Albums already. My own files show just two, Feb and April, with titles that indicate this, and the titles of the others show that some of the quiltlets - all of which are in the Quilts folder - haven't been properly named yet. 

First step, then, is to get some bits of paper, write the names, and pin them to the quiltlets. Add the months, found by checking through the Albums. Order is starting to appear. The "new" quiltlets can be assigned to months and uploaded to the relevant Albums. All shall be well...

Ah but what about the filename - which becomes the title of the quilt in the album? It's best if it includes the maker's name as well as the title of the quilt. As well, having the month in the filename is useful for me.

I decided on the format of [Month]14_TitleOfQuilt_MyName. This leaves out the series name, High Horizons, but keeps the filename short(ish).
July14_SeaRoutes
All the 2014 JQs, uploaded, titled - or not - went into a new folder within Quilts called 2014jqs High Horizons, and while I was there I made folders for other years of JQs and various other categories of quilts. It now feels Very Organised!

But on uploading the first of the new bunch, I realised that I'd forgotten to check whether they were low res, and sure enough they weren't. It was the work of a moment to "Save for Web" into the  ready-to-upload-to-the-blog folder and from there into the Albums. 

Which leaves the loose end of those low-res pix in the blogging folder... Simplest thing would be to rename the "quilts" sub-folder there something like "quilts on web", to avoid confusion. 
Aug14_HeatWave

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 20, 2014 04:59 PM

Virginia A. Spiegel

“little gems of artworks”

Still stitching away on new Boundary Waters #61 – #66.  I know DETAIL photos are not all that useful, but the three photos below give you a very good idea of where I am going with these little gems of artworks.  Stitching simply, but completely and thinking of the beauty of water, rock, tree, and sky. Agnes Martin had it right when she said, “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.”

Detail1

Detail3400

Detail2400

 

 

by Virginia at August 20, 2014 10:42 AM

Neki Rivera

yards and yards



meters and meters of wonderful cotton gauze, etymologically from that  ill fated place.
now i only need sunshine to run an ai vat to process some of it.




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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at August 20, 2014 10:12 AM

Dijanne Cevaal

11 Days to Go

 The nerves haven't calmed any more in the past two days- we had hoped to be further along with our Pozible fundraiser than we are, but also know from research that a lot happens in the last week. We also realise that not everyone is in a position to support but you can help us by spreading the word far and wide in your social networks and we would really appreciate it if you could.

We have added in a new reward at $25. If you pledge for this reward you will receive a linocut printed medieval tree inspired by the Lady and Unicorn tapestry and also a printed original card and our heartfelt thanks  on my blog. And  without your support this project will not go ahead so to those who have already pledged you are so much a part of the process and the book in a sense for without you it will not be possible to  make the book.The image below is the medieval tree print- it is A4 size ( legal paper)

And I have available my Chartres Queen panels which will be part of the Medieval project which will premiere in France in Nantes at the Quilt Mania Exhibition  in 2015 and have its Australian premiere at the Berry Patchwork retreat 2015. The project will  be in a similar vein to the Sentinelle project and I hope many people will stitch/embroider or embellish a pattern. There will be a size restriction- no wider than 50 cm by 70 cm long  and if you want to exhibit with the project there will be  an administration fee of  $25 to help defray the travel cost and administration costs per person ( however if you want to make  more than one panel this cost remains the same). I am also looking for further venues of course. This cost is over and above the purchase cost of the panel. 

The panels cost $15 each plus $3 for postage.Here are some of the colours I have available( and of course yellow ones which I did not photograph):




by Dijanne Cevaal (noreply@blogger.com) at August 20, 2014 11:08 AM

Olga Norris

Delicate balance

There is something immensely satisfying to me about the balance of formal and informal, straight line and squiggle.  In gardens such as Sissinghurst's I love the transition from hard architecture to the balance of shaped living containers of potential disorder to the 'wilder' growths.  Of course the wilder are just as controlled as the formal hedging, but visually it gives me a thrill.
Recently I encountered that same thrill when I encountered the delicate balance in Nif Hodgson's work.  Such beauty and calm, which entices this observer to drift into contemplation and meandering thoughts.
Nif Hodgson: Here and There #3c, multiple-plate etching with screenprinted charcoal powder, 19 x 30 inches (image from here)

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at August 20, 2014 10:18 AM

Margaret Cooter

Basket case

Started in the Contemporary Crafts course - trying to replicate what looked at first like boat-shaped baskets, but turned out to be based on the shape of weaving shuttles -
It's humbling to compare my laborious, lumpy structure to the ones in the book (maker not noted, alas). I used paper string to finish off the ends, which hopefully look a bit like a stern and/or prow ... to get back to the boat idea.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 20, 2014 09:40 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Water Fun at Georgetown Lake

 The kids really enjoyed riding the tube behind the power boats.  There were many hours spend doing this.

Nephew Pablo caught a nice sized Rainbow trout from the dock!  Awesome!

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 20, 2014 06:00 AM

Rayna Gillman

a day in the studio -- at last!

For the first time in months and, I am afraid, the only time this week, the way things are shaping up. But it felt so good to spend six hours working.

I wrestled a quilt into shape, printed a few scarves which I was too tired to steam tonight.   A third is still not finished because I wasn't in the mood.

 then I went back to work on something I had taken apart/put aside and almost forgotten about.  It is, once again, sitting on my design wall.  But this time, in the studio instead of at home and I can see it better.  At this point I should just sew it together and be done with it.  I'm tired and sometimes you just have to move on.

The rest of my week is spoken for with mostly non-fiber related events.  The exception os tomorrow's meeting at the gallery with the other artist exhibiting with me.  We need to look at the space and figure out how many pieces will fit without crowding.  Not sure whether this piece will go into the October exhibit or not. IF I finish it.

A day on my feet and I am off to bed!  I think standing in the studio all day is the most exhausting thing in the world -- but worth it.

by noreply@blogger.com (Rayna) at August 20, 2014 03:36 AM

August 19, 2014

Olga Norris

Envy - or inspiration?

Livia Marin: from Broken Things 2009 (image from here)
In looking for illustrations of Livia Marin's work I encountered an interesting blog which presents a treasure house of artists.  The Jealous Curator has a subtitle: Damn.  I wish I thought of that.  This made me think - I very rarely feel envious in that way, and can never understand when folks are envious of anything I'm doing.  We all have and do interesting and lovely things - we are so lucky to be able to enjoy and appreciate such a broad spectrum of activities.  
There is always something to learn from the work of others - learn, not copy directly - even if some technique or other aspect of the work can influence one's own work.  I so often am drawn to the work of those whose approach, style, or techniques are close to what I am trying to do; but I often am inspired by something apparently completely different.
Heather Shimmin: Lost II (image from here)
One such artist whose beautiful work and interesting techniques are intriguing me at present is the printmaker Heather Shimmin.  There is an interview with her here.
I am fascinated that these works are large linocuts on fabric - felt or organza.  The images have the same kind of appeal to me as maps of many kinds, the fine lines, the discovering of elements, the richness of using black and white, the intricacy, and the fun - and the depth and breadth of meaning / interpretations.
Heather Shimmin: A faithful friend (image from here)
Heather Shimmin: Suspended Anima - Minerva (image from this review)
Heather Shimmin: Swarm (image from here)
Heather Shimmin: She can skip (image from here)
Image from the exhibition The Wisdom of Birds - from here. Heather Shimmin's piece is at the right of image.
I find all the work so invigorating - this is what I call inspirational: it makes me want immediately to get down to my own work!

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at August 19, 2014 03:01 PM

Margaret Cooter

Home sweet home

... amid the butterflies and gnomes ... what would it be like to live there?

You go past the same places all the time, on the bus or in a car or walking, and there's something about some of them that grabs your imagination, and you find yourself checking to see if anything has changed.

A photography project along these lines is Tom Phillips' 20 Sites N Years - it was going to a presentation of that project that got me noticing (and photographing) details in the neighbourhood, though not as systematically as he does.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 19, 2014 09:09 AM

Neki Rivera

by means of knit




my favorite view in japan, the wiry chaos. cooked and ready to serve, frame included. tested it and people had trouble reading it. discarded.






ditto for this one. luckily no time invested in the frame.




















 then came the turn of the fuji building in odaiba. different versions, still unreadable.










you can tell how much i like this building.



finally i knitted one that was abstract enough, but yet readable. it will be entered in a juried show, hence no photo. still have to decide on the frame.



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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at August 19, 2014 08:00 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Georgetown Family Conversations

 We all really enjoyed the spacious vacation rental at Georgetown.  It had many different 
conversation areas inside and out.  The basement was a great place for the kids to be 
making as much racket as they wished.  This big room with the big coffee table worked 
really well for all ages to gather.



by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 19, 2014 06:00 AM

August 18, 2014

Dijanne Cevaal

13 Days to Go

Just 13 days to go in our Pozible fundraiser. Yesterday we reached the 30% mark of our fundraising efforts.  Someone pointed out to me that not everyone might understand the Pozible fundraising  platform. It operates in much the same way as Kickstarter but is more directed at creatives and fundraising for  things like self publishing, events, exhibition costs even residencies. The idea is that you create rewards to which people pledge and only if your target is reached is money collected. If the target is not reached it's bad luck  for the person seeking the funds. You can also look on the Pozible website to find some answers to questions you may have.

So with this in mind we have really tried to give good value with our rewards and have looked at it as a kind of pre-ordering of the book, but it is also actually helping us to create the book because without you there will be no book.

So a lot of the work we are doing at present is in the hope that the project will be funded and if it isn't well at least we have tried to pursue our dream in creating an art  house style book about quilts.

One of the chapters in the book is devoted to  journals and how I use my journals.



Also you can read some of my travel thoughts in the newest edition of Through Our Hands magazine which is available for free- just click on the image. There is some interesting articles by some very interesting artists from around the world. Enjoy!

by Dijanne Cevaal (noreply@blogger.com) at August 18, 2014 05:18 PM

Margaret Cooter

Digital doings - getting the colour right

Getting the photos to look like the original painting isn't easy, and green seems to give the camera a lot of problems.
As it came out of the camera - cropped
After cropping, it needs adjusting it to fit into the rectangle (the keystrokes - on a PC, using Photoshop - are Ctl+A to Select All, then Ctl+T to transform, and holding down the Control key while dragging out the corners). Then the colour adjustment can start. Some people use Curves but I'm sticking with what I know, which is Levels (Ctl+L).

First, "tightening" by moving the little triangles to the point where the histogram starts -
Without "empty pixels"
To adjust for lighting conditions, hold down the Control and Alt keys and hit the B key -
Adjusted for lighting
Then I go back to Levels (Ctl+L) and choose individual colours, in this case Green, and move the sliders till the colours look like the painting, which is propped beside the computer.
Individual colours adjusted in Levels
On my screen at least ("your milage may vary") it pretty much matches the original ... and is certainly a far cry from what came out of the camera.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 18, 2014 11:14 AM

Neki Rivera

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 winding bobbins for a warp here cochineal and ai.  still under sakura fever; pink is not my color.


fourth dip but on hold.



here's the reason. not complaining because there has been a 5º temperature drop which put me back in the studio. knitting a project.





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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at August 18, 2014 08:14 AM

Gerrie Congdon

Quilt Knit Stitch and More

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This was a happy week here in Portlandia. My art quilt daughter, Kristin La Flamme, was in town and stayed with us for a few days and it was the debut of Quilt Knit Stitch in Portland. It is the latest Quilts, Inc show which included more than quilts — knitting, crocheting, fashion shows, etc. It really was a good show, but the attendance was not what was expected. The quilts part of it was much smaller than you see at Houston and there were some exhibits just for this show. One was with a theme of roses since this is the City of Roses. The show will be back next year and I hope it gets more publicity going and the attendance improves.

On Tuesday, I had volunteered to help set up the SAQA exhibit and Kristin came along to help. You can see us hanging a sampling of this year’s auction quilts that were on display. SAQA had two of their special exhibits there: Metaphors of Aging and Text Messages. Many people who had not seen art quilts like this before and they were quite taken with the stories that accompanied them.

On Thursday, we had STASH at Gale’s house and we helped Reva get started tying her huge t-shirt quilt. Here we are, stitching away. It was meditative, but hard on the back.

 

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On Friday, we were off to QKS. Kristin was doing docenting in the SAQA exhibits and I was  intermittently schmoozing at the SAQA table, checking out exhibits and shopping in the vendor area.

It was fun to see our fellow Twelve by 12 member, Terri Stegmiller, who was visiting her aunt who lives here. We were able to get a selfie.

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I bought some dye-painted tencil yarn to knit a shrug for myself. I saw it hanging in my friend, Teresa Ruch’s booth and I had to make one too.

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Here is the yarn that I bought.

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I also bought a set of celtic style alphabet woodblocks. I am going to use these in my next Printed Fabric Bee project.

 

 

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It was fun to stop by Marcia Derse’s booth and look at her fabrics. She does printing and discharging on hand-dyed fabrics and then they are commercially printed. I don’t buy her fabric because I like to print my own, but I love to look at what she has done.She has wonderful colors and designs. She just moved from Ohio to Whidby Island and says that she loves it here in the North West.

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On Saturday, we jumped on the street car again and went back to the show to hear Marci Rae McDade, SDA Journal editor, talk about the exhibit she curated at the Hap Gallery, which includes one of Kristin’s Army Aprons. This is a synopsis of the show.

Hap Gallery is pleased to present Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home, a group exhibition of contemporary textile and fiber-based artists curated by Marci Rae McDade. The show features a range of art forms made with seemingly safe and comforting materials from everyday life that are loaded with incendiary content. Each object reflects an aspect of anxiety, discontent, and longing in the 21st century, from poverty and racism to mortality and digital disconnect. These potent works compel viewers to take stock of the world today as we collectively contemplate our futures.

On Saturday night, Marci hosted a reception at the gallery so Mr C, Kristin and I went down on the street car. I really enjoyed seeing the show. Such a variety of work. I got a couple of photos. This is of Marci and Kristin, with her apron on a manikin in the back. It is knitted from undershirts that her husband wore during his deployments. You can see a better photo of this and more of her work in the Army Wife series, here.

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I loved this piece that was thread painted and the pieces were hung to give a 3-D effect.

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I also love an exhibit of miniature clothes hand sewn from clothing of deceased people. They are done as a memorial for loved ones to keep. They were exquisitely done.

And so that is what I have been up to. Kristin left at 3 am this morning and now it is quiet around here and I am trying to catch my breath before the next big event in my life.

by Gerrie at August 18, 2014 05:37 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Morning at the Family Reunion at Georgetown Lake

 Dawn at Georgetown Lake looked like this from the kitchen!
 Mom and I went down to the lake to fish before breakfast.
 Nephew Clint cooked the bacon and eggs on the deck with this fabulous view of the lake.
 My sister, Shirley and my dad chatting over breakfast.

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 18, 2014 06:00 AM

August 17, 2014

Dijanne Cevaal

Our Pozible Fundraiser- Last Fourteen days

We have been on tenterhooks during our Pozible campaign: it is an rollercoaster of emotions as  from day to day and even hour to hour we prevaricate between thinking yes we will get there, to oh no what if we don't get there. The reality is, if we don't get to our fundraising target , there is no other way for us to  self publish this book because the cost of self publishing is very involved and doesn't only involve the printing, but many other incidental expenses such as translation, isbn's and bar codes , shipping and customs clearance, trial prints, postage and storage because you have no idea how much space  books take up- just think of your book case and multiply it a few times. Meanwhile we keep working away and try to keep positive!

We have really used the rewards in the campaign as a type of pre-ordering of the book and offered it at a discount for all of those who pledge. Those who pledge more will be rewarded with original prints and hand made books. And remember you can do a workshop too with 7 of your friends! There is also a link to our campaign in the sidebar.

We do  feel however that with this book we are attempting to take quilt making out of the craft realm and "how to realm", into something it deserves and that is an artists monograph ( however we do understand  our demographic does want to know how I do things so hence the video and pdf file in a sleeve on the inside cover with a description of techniques).

We want to thank everyone ( and you will be acknowledge individually at the end of the campaign) for their support so far- you have made it possible for us to get to the 25% funded bar on the campaign page and we are extremely grateful that you have got us this far. We hope you will spread the word far and wide for who knows we may reach our target!

As an enticement to get to extra support we will put all of the supporters who pledge $80 or more into a draw to win one of my olive tree inspired pieces , see image below- this is a collage of four different pieces so  the winner will win one of the pieces ( the pieces measure 12 inches  x 24 inches- 25 cm x 50 cm)



And I still have prints for sale for the medieval project for you to stitch which will be shown now at the Quilt Mania Fair in Nantes in April 2015 for its French premiere and in berry Australia in August next year for its Australian premiere. Prints are available for $15 plus $3 postage.

I would love to get some comments and feedback in the comments section if you are so inclined.

by Dijanne Cevaal (noreply@blogger.com) at August 17, 2014 07:56 PM

Carol McFee

Rusty Fabrics

In the last post back in April, I made a lot of rusted fabrics and papers while I was on the Amanda Fox course,  I decided it was time to start using them up along with a lot more rusted fabrics created last year.
First I thought I would make a few more.


Fabric wrapped around rusty tin cans


 
Fabric wrapped around 6" nails



A selection of old and new rusty fabrics









The fabric below is a very loose weave easy to stitch into, can't remember the name of it but it is the one used in Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn's DVD, available from ArtVan Go.

I stapled three pieces together before I rusted it then hand stitched in each portion.


I  stapled a whole piece of fabric before rusting for this sample below.



I placed a template over the cloth so I could judge where the stitching would go.



  
   



Three hearts ready for Helfa Gelf open studio's next month




by Carol McFee (noreply@blogger.com) at August 17, 2014 07:27 PM

Sarah Ann Smith

Dyeing (with an E) Fabric

A couple posts ago I shared Insalata, my work in progress with ginormous tomatoes.  It needed something for a background that wasn’t in my stash.  So I decided to MAKE some!

Here are some fabrics in the deep values:  greens with berry and a deep burgundy.

Here are some fabrics in the deep values: greens with berry and a deep burgundy.

 

And more:  the ochres and greens.

And more: the ochres and greens.

A friend suggested really out of the box and try a blue, so I did.  I like the color combination, but it looked too much like sky (for which the fabric was originally dyed).  Not working for me.

A friend suggested really out of the box and try a blue, so I did. I like the color combination, but it looked too much like sky (for which the fabric was originally dyed). Not working for me.

I finally chose the ochre that is down three from the top in the second photo.  Once I get home, I hope to do a little surface design (maybe), then quilt this baby.  It will be  a couple months until I can share, but stay tuned!

by Sarah Ann Smith at August 17, 2014 03:37 PM

Margaret Cooter

Five evenings of painting class

"Materials and Methods of Painting" was the title of the course. I took it in order to get some knowledge, practice, and confidence about using paint ... and hopefully an idea or two to move me away from the stripey painting. It was not plain sailing, but I'm glad I stuck it out.

Day 1

A scale of greys - so easy to get the mid-tone wrong -
 After trying to capture the grey tones of the plinths (too boring to show!) we had a go at the plaster bust -

Day 2

Drawing with charcoal, trying the fit the model onto the page -
Then the fun began. Everyone moved two easels along, and followed instructions.

Adding blue acrylic to indicate the darkest areas -
Using yellow for lighter areas; it mixed with the still-wet blue to give a mid tone -
Work in progress -
Light yellow added for the highlights -
Finally, we could touch it up and/or add background -
Not sure that's the one I originally drew, but it's the one I finished up with and that came home with me ... Which just goes to show, it's not the outcome that matters, it's the experience that counts. In any case, it was quite liberating to work on an image that wasn't your own - you just did what you could with what you had.

After the break (these are three-hour classes), using blue again, but on a midtone ground -
 Adding "real colours" -
 Very colourful in some cases! -

Day 3

Still using acrylics, but first some quick charcoal drawing - two sketches of three  minutes each, rub those out, then another without looking at the paper -
 The model took two different poses, and we were to fit them both onto the same sheet of paper -
 She moved back and forth between the poses as we added colour, one colour for darker tones and another for lighter ones -
 My figures are all tangled up ... I was still working on the "fit the model onto the whole page" instruction ...
 Other people laid out their page more sensibly -
 After the break, the panels we had gessoed earlier went up on the easels, and an underpainting of acrylic was applied -
 Looking at this now, I can see the fatal flaw (in fact, I can see nothing but the fatal flaw!) -
 Most people used two colours, as the previous day -

Day 4

The messiness of getting out the oil paint nearly drove me to distraction, as did the messiness of using it. The only thing to do was ... persevere ...
 The fatal flaw is of course the proportion of the legs - and the small matter of the displaced kneecap -
The colourful dress wasn't much fun to paint, especially as the pattern changed every time the model had a break and sat down again -
As for the pink cardigan ... we weren't allowed white paint so had to use the transparency of the paint itself, or else mix what we could -
The colourful backgrounds look great -

Day 5

We brought in a photograph. An almost-random dip into my pre-digital files pulled out these -
With the help of some enlarged photocopies, I set to work on the Weston-super-Mare pier, first by using paint under tissue paper for the boards -
 Then a wash for the sky, another for the sea, and thicker for the pillars etc -
A few details (some of the white was applied with the side of a palette knife) and it was done; time taken, 2.5 hours -
But haste makes mistakes ... those pigeons could be better placed ... I was following the photo rather than thinking about the painting. And aren't they huge! Hey ho, "next time" ... or I might have to mix up some brown and do a bit of touching up. Oh to have a scrap of that brown tissue to hand, for pasting over to make the birds disappear ... painting is magic, after all.

Looking back

It was a quiet class, with eight of us turning up for the final session, and a lot of concentration rather than chat. The course was well structured, and the tutor was definite in timings, which helped ("in three minutes, stop painting and walk around and look at everyone's work" ... "30 seconds left..."); he told us about cleanup methods and also about learning how much painting you could actually do within a certain time, which seems obvious but isn't something I'd really thought about.

The final painting was only possible because of the liberation after the hard slog of three sessions of working from a model, one of those in the "strange" medium of oils. Getting back to acrylics, and working from a photograph, was a delight! Racing against the clock to finish was a challenge ... fun ...

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 17, 2014 09:53 AM

Terry Grant

A Very Big Day

August has been an especially busy month for me. Today was packed. My cousin Ginger is visiting and we got up this morning and got on the Max train headed for the Oregon Convention Center. I have been looking forward to the Quilt! Knit! Stitch show for more than a year and this was the day! This show was the first in Portland, presented by Quilts Inc. who produce the famous International Quilt Festival every fall in Houston, as well as others around the country. Their shows are the premier quilt events in the world and they chose Portland for their first show to include knitting and other forms of stitching and fiber art. The show was top notch. The attendance was disappointing.



I have been asked to serve on the advisory committee for this show and attended a lunch meeting today. The lower-than-expected attendance was the focus of our discussion. We hope that next year more people will know about it and come. If you missed it this year, I am sorry.  It was a beautiful show! 


Quilt by The wonderful Jane Sassaman.


I always love seeing Bodil Gardener's latest work. Utterly charming!


The venders were great too. My fabric purchases from designer Marcia Derse. 

The other big event of the day was my grandson, Marco's 4th birthday. Marco is our ray of sunshine and loved every minute of his special day. 


When Sofia came to my studio this week she had an idea for a special gift she wanted to make for Marco— his own super hero cape. He loved it! There is a big yellow "M" on the back for Super Marco. 

Tonight was also the reception for the Sneak Preview show for the Washington County Artists Open Studios at the Washington County Museum.  Sadly I have not yet figured out how to be in two places at once, so I missed it. 


by Terry Grant (noreply@blogger.com) at August 17, 2014 12:21 AM

August 16, 2014

Margaret Cooter

Glorious chewing gum

Usually chewing gum is far from glorious, distorting the face as it is masticated, providing unwelcome sound-effects, appearing in pink bubbles in front of already-bloated, glassy-eyed visages, then pock-marking and defacing pavements as it is carelessly, thoughtlessly discarded.

Ben Wilson has done his bit to change that - and yesterday we passed him on Millennium Bridge, hard at work. Here are a few of the results.



Cross the bridge, and you'll almost certainly be stepping on artworks. See more of Ben's work here.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 16, 2014 01:48 PM

Bring on the brights

The way the camera catches the colours isn't the way they actually are, and despite my attempts (using Levels) to correct this in Photoshop, it doesn't always work. For one thing, between taking photos of the painting at various stages, the light can change subtly, or even drastically. And the angle of the laptop screen might make a difference too. 

Can you see any difference between these? The previous stage was mainly blue(+white), with some thin stripes of cadmium red and payne's grey. 
with vermillion+white and magenta+white
now with neon pink
The neon pink was from a bin of "reduced for quick clearance" paints - £2.75 down to £1.75, how can you resist? For this sort of playing, and hopefully for monoprinting, they are just the thing, and I bought just about every jolly colour, including gold, silver, and bronze.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 16, 2014 09:45 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Reunion T Shirts

 Our family gathered at this fabulous house on Georgetown Lake for 4 days / 3 nights.  The T-shirts were distributed to everyone under the age of 20 on the first night.

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 16, 2014 06:00 AM

August 15, 2014

Margaret Cooter

Will they, won't they?

Monoprinted fabric from last month, fabric from Festival of Quilts last week, "travel lines" fabric from 2011, scraps from whenever ... and the inspiration - street grids ... will they turn into a quilt? Somehow, sometime?

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 15, 2014 02:05 PM

FOQ 2014

Instead of the usual dash up to Festival of Quilt on a day-return train ticket, this year I was fortunate to have three days of looking ... and conversations.

Many conversations with other people involved in Linda Seward's "The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting" - this is the launch party (with my "Hatching" hanging on the left, in Linda's gallery) -
And for the record, here's my "Verge Blur" in the green section of the Dislocation display (more pix here) -
There was lots to see, of course, and other bloggers will be showing their favourites (here, for instance, and here and here; and here). Among mine were the displays by Art Textiles - Made in Britain, the Fine Art Quilt Masters (especially this one by Karen Farmer) -
and Ann Johnston's "The Contact: Quilts from the Sierra Nevada". I stopped there many times, took photos, and bought the book... and if you haven't seen them, do click on the link. Here's the back of one of Ann's quilts; she happened to be passing in the background as I took the photo -
Seeing "Starburst" by Christine Taylor, in the Traditional section, made me want to make a similar quilt ... I have this thing about yellow at the moment -
And I liked the work of Linda Onions, who is now teaching at Eastleigh College; this is "Big Bad Wolf", part of her degree show work - 
When not wandering around or chatting with far-flung friends, especially the ones I've got to know through CQ or through the blog, I was working on a few personal projects. Firstly, photographing feet (love that grainy, screened look) -


also, intensive mark-making on hotel stationery, which led to a bit of an obsession with looking at hand-stitched marks on the quilts -
and indulging in a too-quick bit of "land art" while walking to the show -
Photographing a tiny forest, found under a bus shelter -
and road markings -
and this discovery - underduvet landscapes -


Seen in passing - a flight of quilt angels -
Not to forget the important occupation of shopping -
The wisp of animal-print fabric was found on the path (near my "land art") as I walked back to the hotel - of course I had to take it into custody. The fat quarters are from a £1 bargain bin. And another £5 spent on the Hearts tombola netted four prizes, two of them needle books.

Traders were doing well - one was overheard to say Friday had been their best day ever, and Art Van Gogh had run out of discharge paste by Saturday morning.

Next up, the Knitting and Stitching show in October. There will be no need to buy fabric or thread...

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 15, 2014 12:06 PM

Neki Rivera

aesthetics of cool








when glitch is good.
have a great weekend







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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at August 15, 2014 09:24 AM

Margaret Cooter

Effect of the light


Taken through a spotty window - as you can see! The brightness in the first photo fooled the camera, making it focus on the structure beyond, but in the second photo it was the (brighter) spots on the window that caught the attention of the autofocus. (I was in a hurry and couldn't outmanoeuvre the camera for the second pic ... but there must be a way to do so!)

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 15, 2014 09:41 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

T Shirts for Family Reunion

 In anticipation of our family gathering at Georgetown Lake, my niece, nephew and grandson contributed artwork that I combined to create a Thermofax screen.  The kids helped me dye the shirts, then I did the printing over a period of several days. 



by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at August 15, 2014 06:00 AM

August 14, 2014

Dijanne Cevaal

Musing in Textile:France

We have had our hearts in our mouths as we have tried to promote our Pozible fundraiser far and wide and await with some excitement and trepidation as to whether we will reach our  goal. We daren't hope and we are hoping all at the same time. As an enticer we offered to create a limited edition print of a tree inspired by the Lady and the Unicorn  tapestry in the Cluny museum to the first 50  people  who pledged for the rewards we offered in the fundraiser. We have 49 pledges so far, so there is one more chance to get this limited edition print in our Pozible campaign. Also if you would like to be included in the medieval project ( there will be an administration fee for the project as we are lining up some exciting venues), you can be  included with  your embellishment of this print.

We have also created a Facebook page dedicated to Musing in Textile:France where we will make updates form time to time.
So here is the unveiling of the print....drawing the design and transferring it onto the lino.


Carving the lino, and yes I did shed blood- I didn't do what I tell everyone not to do, cut towards myself

And the resulting print on fabric- plenty of scope for embroidering or quilting here! It is A4 in size (just a bit smaller or 286 mm x 210 mm)


 There is still time to support our Pozible  campaign by pledging for a reward and we have tried hard to make the rewards as enticing as possible.

by Dijanne Cevaal (noreply@blogger.com) at August 14, 2014 04:55 PM

Margaret Cooter

Poetry Thursday - Effaced by David Harsent

Effaced

On the night before her brother's wedding, Dorothy Wordsworth went to bed wearing the ring with which William would marry Mary Hutchinson. An account of this in her journal was later heavily deleted.

A life beyond the life and known to no one, peopled by ghosts
who can step up to be fleshed if you choose, or be held back,

can be dreamwork, can walk straight in, the invited guests
you welcome and fear. You speak for them, you give them what they lack,

you note what can't be said, you feel them out, keep track
of their night-lives, night-moves, hallways, hidden rooms,

all of which delights you, moving among them, shrouded in black,
widowed without being wed, feeding the fire, if you want to, with reams

of work half-done and left to grow in silence, that precious stack
curling and catching - last love, last light - as you burn whatever rhymes.

- David Harsent


This was last week's Saturday Poem in the Guardian ... a poem that you have to read three times in succession, rather than just twice, to start to penetrate its mysteries. It resonates with the "erasure" books I was making a few years back, and with what little I know of the Wordsworths (Dorothy was a poet too, but "had no ambitions to be an author" and was oh so much under the shadow of her brother - entrapped by him, even). And with memories of visiting Dove Cottage.
Dorothy Wordswort's journal  (via)
The poem is from Fire Songs, David Harsent's 11th collection. "Harsent is known for coining myth and archetype." says this review; "The whole book, which reads as a triumphantly sustained sequence, is layered with leitmotifs."

Harsent was born in 1942 and is a tv scriptwriter as well as a poet. He publishes crime fiction as Jack Curtis and David Lawrence, and is professor of creative writing at the University of Roehampton. He has collaborated with Harrison Birtwistle, among others, and among his many prizes is the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2008.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at August 14, 2014 09:12 AM

Terry Grant

Little Things

I have been kind of doodling away at little stuff for the past month and decided to try to pull it all together and see if I could make them presentable  enough to offer for sale at a couple events I am participating in this fall. The other day I dragged my houseguest, Kristin LaFlamme across town to my favorite junky-funky art supply store for a supply of canvas stretcher bars.


After putting one together I am gluing a pice of foamcore to it, then covering all with black linen fabric and mounting my little stitched pieces on them.  Here are my first efforts. 


I like them. It is a simple presentation. Last year you might remember that I framed a bunch of small pieces. I like both. 

Remember last week I blogged about my creative process then tagged my friend Peg Weber to post this week. Her post is up here: http://pegpress.blogspot.com/2014/08/boxes-boxes-boxes.html. I loved seeing some little fabric pieces made by her late mother Shirley Falconer. Shirley was a dear lady and a friend in the High Fiber Diet and Columbia FiberArts groups I belong to. Peg's work is so beautiful and another treat to see, so I really recommend her blog!

by Terry Grant (noreply@blogger.com) at August 14, 2014 12:36 AM