Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Local Color Goes Wide

Our Connecticut Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA-CT) group created a juried exhibit, focusing on our local landscape.  Titled Local Color, it traveled widely though out the state from a university, an art center, the CT Legislature Office Building to a very fine museum, The Slater Museum of Art.

After what we thought would be the end and time to return all pieces, we were asked to contribute eight, selected by Quilting Arts Magazine, to be featured in this August/Sept issue.  It includes work of Kate Themel, Ruth Anne Olson, Phyllis Small, Cathy Smith, Barb McKie, Kendell Storm, Norma Schlager and my own.  Yeah!

Kate, who was co-rep with me at inception, wrote a wonderful piece to accompany the mini-exhibit.  The two of us have had such a wonderful trip with Local Color.  Every step:  'let's put on a show' to this last 'hurrah' has been informative, interesting, exhilarating, frustrating, and most of all FUN!  Thank you, Kate for being my co-rep, partner-in-crime and cohort.  It was a blast!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Second in the series

I have continued using the German fabric designed by Ernst Beck in the vase.  This time I have included three 1940(?) vintage stars given to me by my fellow Sister in Cloth Barb Adams, a piece of an Indian textile in the 'window', Finnish Marimeko fabric in the Chinese lanterns, and a piece by American contemporary designer Marcia Derse as the table top.

I still have a tiny bit more of the Beck fabric.  I'm hoping to cobble together another vase for a third, and maybe, last of the series.

I am titling it "Falling Stars" but I'm open to suggestions.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Love For Three Oranges: A Collage

It has been so long since I have posted here.  This reflects how busy and distracted I've been.  Did I mention that my hair is falling out?  Stress.  I think.

I have taken on the Membership Committee as my job on the SAQA Board of Directors.  Yikes.  What was I thinking?  Way, way into the deep end of the pool.

In order to compensate for reduced studio hours, I've been concentrating on having some, one, thing in progress.  I have given up "beginning and seeing it through to the end".  At the moment I have a piece on my design wall and yesterday I finished this collage.

The piece was driven by the blue vase fabric, a small vintage piece designed by German artist Ernst Beck.  I used a larger piece in my Salon: After Matisse several months ago.   Hard to tell with the following image, but it is at least 50% larger than Love For Three Oranges.

There is just a smidge of Beck's piece left which I hope to use in a third work.  So far the other commonality that these two have is that I have used fabric from Finland and the US in each.  After Matisse also has a piece of Japanese yukata, while Love For Oranges has a piece of African.  This allows me to delve into my embarrassingly 'hoarder' size stash and feel justification.

Thanks for reading.  I feel better now.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Viewpoints 9-2 Reveal Today!

Another interesting challenge, fifth in the current series, is just being revealed.  This time by Alicia Merritt.  You might recall that every other month a member of the group of 9 poses a challenge and the members' responses to that challenge must be portrayed in a format that is divisible by 9", up to 27" in either height or width.

My submission is "One Small Step into My Universe" pictured here and 18" x 18".  More info about it and the other submissions can be found at Viewpoints 9 blog here. 

I can hardly wait to see what the other members have done!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Viewpoints 9

Today is my day to post about our upcoming online reveal.  Alicia Merritt posted an interesting challenge based on the number nine:  Planets…interpreted.  Universe?  Coincidence?

Whilst wrestling with my response to her challenge I resorted to distracting myself in hopes of an epiphany.  I am the first to admit that I'm not an abstract thinker…

I did think this little piece (21 1/2" square) fit the challenge and it also oiled the gears for a more original reply to be revealed on June 27.   Read more here.

Navigating the Journey

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In my mailbox.

Featuring Elaine Quehl as the Cover Girl with one of her gorgeous hostas, is the latest issue of Quilting Arts, out on newsstands…and mailboxes.  I am in wonderful company with a beautifully edited piece about free-motion quilting with double/twin needles.  Check it out:  Double Down 

Double Down Crow

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Tip of the Iceberg

This past week has been extraordinary!  Just, WOW!

In fairly random order:  Driving to DC with my buddy Vivika DeNegre to attend the SAQA Conference "Capitolizing on Fiber" last Wednesday thru white knuckle weather conditions with strange and frightening weather alarms coming from Maryland Highway Patrol over our phones.  Flooded streets.  Hydroplaning cars. Scary.

My first meeting as an incoming member of SAQA's Board of Directors.  Most of my fears about how I would fit in and make a difference have been allayed.  Well, maybe some of them anyway.

Attending the lectures, talks, meals (okay…this could have been better with respect to the food in the hotel but certainly not the company), networking, exploring galleries, meeting friends old and new.

Participating in the Spotlight Auction and successfully winning Pamela Allen's donation (!)

Avery Revisited
The crazy thing about this is I never looked at the artist statement on the back while I was busy bidding.  I was just going for Pamela Allen.  Later I did read the statement: "Fabric collage beginning with a fragment on fabric of a Milton Avery painting.  The pastel-close tones and simplified forms attracted me"  Milton Avery(!!), American 20th century Minimalist, is one of my very favorites!!  Here's a bit of what Wikipedia has to say "Avery was often thought of as an American Matisse, especially because of his colorful and innovative landscape paintings."

SAQA CT had a huge group of attendees.  We might have been the biggest.  Among them, of course, was co-rep Cathy Smith who brought along postcards for me of the "Inspiration Quilts: Then and Now", 25th anniversary celebration exhibit at the Windham Textile & History Museum.  I happened to be one of the artists invited to interpret a quilt from the museum's antique collection.  I chose Flying Geese Variation.

After adventures too numerous to relay, I drove home…this time a happily uneventful time with Vivika and Kate Themel.  Upon my return I found in the stack of waiting mail a package from Quilters Express to Japan.  Another Wow.  The fabric is vintage and beautiful.  Oh, and did I mention that I'm going with QEJ (Susan Faeder) on an amazing tour to Japan in January?!

My head is stuffed with inspirations!  Where to begin…...