I love hand-stitching with threads from Laura Wasilowski’s Artfabrik!
Today’s the last day to join an exchange of java-themed art based on Lynn Krawczyk’s new Intentional Printing book published by Interweave/F+W Media. It is available as an e-book also with both version currently on sale.
All the details of the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange are here.
The Exchange group, as of this morning, with participants from the U.S., Canada, and Australia:
Virginia A. Spiegel
Mary Ann Van Soest
Michael P. Cunningham
Marie Z. Johansen
WOOT! My quilt for Joshua caught the eye of the Glorious Color Blogger, so of COURSE I said yes they could include it in a blogpost! Glorious Color is the source of all things related to the Kaffe Fassett collective, so you can buy fabric (and more fabric), books, and all sorts of goodies. Anyway, they’ve done an entire POST on diamonds, starting with Marilyn Monroe–check it out here (PS…you have to scroll down a LONG way to see the quilt!). Here’s a photo I took and shared not long ago:
As you might guess by my silence, I’m madly working away on a quilt for a deadline. As soon as I surface I’ll be back.
Thanks Glorious Color for liking my quilt enough to feature it on the blog!
24 pieces, 30 x 24 inches each
Hair (collected from April 2011-March 2013), silk organza, muslin, thread, mixed materials Hand felted, hand stitched.
Itty bitty books in itty bitty bottles - by Rhonda Miller, shown at
Halifax Crafters Spring Market (wish I could have been there!)
See more of her work at myhandboundbooks.blogspot.ca
|Still Life in a Traditional Caf (2011)|
|At the Steam Museum (Rainy January) (2011)|
|Black. Natalya Aikens©2014|
|White. Natalya Aikens©2014|
|Elsheimer's Apollo and Coronis (26 x 32 cm): large-scale composition on a miniature level|
|Magdalena de Passe's engraving, 21 x 23 cm, with added text|
Love java? Love art? Love Lynn Krawczyk’s new book, Intentional Printing: Simple Techniqes for Inspired Fabric Art?
Please join us for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange. Important Dates:
April 15, 2014: Deadline for commitment to participate
May 2, 2014: Deadline for completion of art
May 5, 2014: Artists will receive the e-mail of the artists to whom they should ship their java art. Artists will contact the new owners for a shipping address. You may need to ship your artwork outside the continental U.S.
May 9, 2014: Last day for artwork to be shipped by artists to the new owners.
All the details are here.
These are a few of my 6″ printed squares for the exchange – yet to be hand stitched.
|Ronaldus Shamask hanging from the ceiling|
|designers sketches - Gary Graham|
|more designer sketches (Fabio Costa)|
Early Saturday morning before dawn, we started the morning with poetry, bird calls, and frost on our feet.
It was part of a sound installation sponsored by ideaXfactory designed and led by Gerard Nadeau of Drury University’s architecture department called Morning Song Evening Song. Starting Friday evening with a workshop led by Greater Ozarks Audubon members, we each put a wooden Audubon bird call on an orange ideaXfactory lanyard around our neck and headed up to Park Central Square.
There at sunset, we spread through the First Friday Art Walk crowd and started a slow symphony of bird calls noises, first a few, then many. Then more, then faded away.
The next morning we assembled at the ideaXfactory at 6 am, shared bagels and coffee and headed to the West Meadows future greenways park site.
In the wet grass, Kate read bird poetry, then we started the morning crescendo of bird calls and watched the sunrise over the Grant Street bridge. The morning experience was much different, and I think, much more profound than the evening.
After it was all over, Ed Filmer showed up to video, so we got to do it all again. And I had time to make another drawing.
For more photos, please visit to ideaXfactory’s Morning Song Evening Song post.
Intentional Printing by Lynn Krawczyk.
Published by Interweave/F+W Media
This week it’s all about prepping for the Intentional Printing Java Art Exchange. Everyone is welcome to join the Exchange; details here. Deadline for sign-up: April 15.
Last week, I laid down the first layers with stamping, swiping, and other fun techniques from Lynn Krawczyk’s new book. I like to do WAY more fabrics than I will need for the Exchange because it’s all about choice. I made each strip 7″ wide so I can trim down to the required 6″ after stitching, etc.
First up this week is writing. I really did like the small squeeze bottle Lynn recommended over the syringe I had used previously. I wrote sparsely on some pieces and covered the fabric completely on others. Again, its all about having choices later in the process. I also realized as I went along that I wanted some variety in the size of the writing; I tend to write very large.
After letting the writing dry, it was screen printing time. Since my Thermo-Fax is on the injured reserve list, I was happy to have Lynn’s excellent screens which she cleverly labels. I decided to save the “enormous coffee cup” (which I love) for another project.
Since the pieces tended toward the dark with dark blue writing, I went with white for the screen printing. I ran out of plain white, but had pearl white which worked great to add a little shimmer to the pieces.
I like this piece since running the writing vertically will add interest to the finished piece(s).
|from Croatia, 1070 (via)|
|Gavotte from JS Bach's notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (via)|
|Murray Schaeffer (1977) (via, where there are links to many graphical scores)|
|Eleventh century (via)|
|Miro, Souvenir de Montroig (via)|
|The "Man eating tree of Madagascar" was one of the|
10 great hoaxes of the 19th century
This Friday I had planned on drawing a sound installation sponsored by the ideaXfactory (more on that later) but it turned out to be harder than I thought. So instead I drew some other interesting things that happened downtown on the First Friday Art Walk. There were a lot of people eating green cake as they walked around Park Central Square…
Turns out Park Central Library was hosting an “Edible Books” event, and they had asked local cake shops to make Call of the Wild cakes. The biggest one was made like mountains covered with green pines trees. There was a whole row of ladies cutting and giving away slices of cake. I must say I was a bit relieved as I had originally thought people were eating parsley cake.
The library was so crowded, it was hard to draw because people trying to get free cake kept bumping into me. I went back outside and saw this young guy spinning fire. The fire glowed nicely against the twilight sky, and so did the string lights hanging across Park Central East. There was a couple wearing hoodies sitting on the edge of the fountain. I would have stayed longer, but it was so cold outside that I couldn’t draw a non-shaky line.
Back at the ideaXfactory, there was a silent art auction going on organized by a lot of Drury University folks to raise money for Rare Breed. They had installed a beautiful folded paper installation on the ceiling for the upcoming Saturday night Drury Beaux Arts Ball, and the paper walls of the temporary gallery also glowed with changing colored light. A DJ wearing fingerless gloves played electronic music for the Friday night auction preview. In the glow of the “cloud” installation, it was a popular spot all evening long.
Over at Art & Letters, a collaborative show organized by Meganne had an opening. She has started about 20 ink on canvas and paper paintings, then asked other local painters to finish them.
Cattywampus was playing in the corner in front of Christiano Bellotti’s painting.
Ryan Dunn of Smokey Folk played a few songs with the band.
I really thought I knew this woman in front of a Tyler Estes and Meganne Rosen O’Neal painting. Turns out I know her sister! The best part about ending up at Arts & Letters was Russ and I had great luck at finding some funky retro clothes for the Beaux Arts Ball on Saturday.