Saturday, July 9, 2016

Exciting News!

Sentinelles: Memories
This piece, which incorporates two linocuts by Australian artist Dijanne Cevaal that I heavily stitched, has been selected for the Whistler House Museum's exhibit Lasting Impressions: Art Quilts 2016!!!

Lasting Impressions' call for entry's description:  All artists seek to make an impression on the viewer with their words of art.  Sometime, they make literal impressions in the work using stamps, dye, stitching, or other techniques.  We welcome your submissions of quilted work that make a "lasting impression", whether it be literal or figurative.  Quilts must contain at least 50% handmade fabrics.

Exhibit Dates: Aug 17-Sept 24

I can't make the reception on Aug 13 as I will be in N CA, but I return on the 15th and will beat feet up to Lowell.  Can't wait!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's Viewpoints9-3 Reveal again!

I guess my blog would have been retired by now if it weren't for my Viewpoints9 posts.  This rotation Lin Hsin-Chen posed her challenge:  Employ text.

Apparently several of the group don't 'do' text and for them it was a bit of a 'job' to find the joy in this cycle.  Not so much with me.

I like text, especially foreign text.  Text that doesn't necessarily mean anything to me, it just looks interesting.  Because of this, I collect far the collection is fairly limited to English, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

I am working on a series within this V-9/3 cycle:  Exotic.

This past several months the news has been full of extraordinary, very disturbing images of failed attempts by masses of individuals and families trying to flee war and poverty, no matter the perils.  The image I can't erase is a beachside on a Greek isle, mounded high with piles of color-filled clothing, sprinkled with life-vests.  Detritus washed ashore from failed attempts to cross out of North Africa to hoped-for security in Europe.

With this imagery in mind I searched my stash of text.  It was from this collection that I found a piece...a vintage, rough linen sack with cursive French.

Jumping off the fabric was 'le journey' and I knew where I was going.

Combining African fabrics with this linen, I built an island based on the traditional log cabin quilt block to underscore mankind's most basic and longed for right:  HOME.

Be sure to hop over to Viewpoints' blog to see how the others answered Hsin-Chen's challenge.


Greek Isle: Le Journey 40"x42"

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Check out Viewpoints9-3

I will tempt you with an introduction to my post on V9-3 today.  Hop on over to read the rest of a really great post LOL.

It's titled TEXTING WHILST QUILTING.  And you KNOW how much I like text ;^)

I have employed text variously over the past several years.

For my Aunt and Uncle's BIG Anniversary I wanted to give them something no one else would/could...and surprise them.  At their big party, I quietly handed their friends and family squares of cotton that I had prepared, along with ink pens.  Their messages spanned congratulations to intimate, cryptic, and personal messages.

My Uncle Mort's family owned a department store and he was noted for being ever-present, community-minded and a snappy dresser with very smart ties.  My cousin raided his closet and supplied me with some of them...and, apparently he never noticed their absence.

The quilt was one of his treasures.  As he aged, it was always by his favorite chair for his afternoon naps.
Mort and Sue's Anniversary
More images at

Friday, April 29, 2016

Viewpoints 9 reveal was two days ago!

Just to illustrate how my tunnel vision works, I have not posted on this blog for a month!  Yikes!  I used to be so much better at this.  Other people seem to be able to multitask SO much better.

I wasn't late with my Viewpoints 9 challenge though.  In fact I finished really, really early.  The challenge resonated so much with me.  My post follows:

I have to profusely thank Kate for this challenge!  I was so wrapt in the idea that I felt swallowed whole.

For decades I have collected yukata, a Japanese un-lined garment generally worn in the summer or after bath....and mostly the more traditional indigo-dyed.  I have also collected much smaller pieces of vintage yukata.  Now was my chance to actually use many of them in one piece.  Admittedly it did take time to go through the lot of them to decide whether I would choose the blue with white designs or the white with blue designs.

In the end I chose blue with white indigo dyed cottons, largely kasuri  Only one piece has its design printed on it.

I also decided to continue my 'kimono abstract' series.

This challenge and my stash naturally resulted in using the 'boro' style.  For generations, beginning with frugal farmers, indigo especially has been re-sewn in patches to prolong the life of a garment.  Referred to as 'boro', it is of the forgotten idea "too good to waste".

That is an idea that finds residence in my studio!

Indigo Abstract 40"x21"
Vintage indigo cottons, hand stitched

Indigo Abstract
Japanese Boro

Indigo Abstract detail

Thursday, March 24, 2016

You'll need a cuppa to get thru this one

I was asked by Jan Doyle, a local SAQA/CT member and an interviewer on the local CTV, to come talk about my art quilts.  Last week I joined her in her studio and we shot a two part interview.  And was it FUN!

You will be able to tell that we enjoyed our conversation immensely!

So much so, she has asked me back in May.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Quilting Arts, Thanks to Martha and Sue

Martha Wolfe's article on one of Viewpoints9's Challenge
Coincidentally both Martha Wolfe's article about Viewpoints9's Challenge of Nine article and Sue Bleiweiss' about writing an artist statement appeared in the same issue.  Someone is a lucky girl ;^)

Alicia Merritt's  and my contributions

Sue Bleiweiss' article on writing an Artist Statement

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Reveal Day for Viewpoints9-3

What follows here is my post for my answer to the current rotation of Viewpoints9-3 This latest challenge is to use natural dyes, tints, colors, stains...whatever you like...just natural.

This challenge was posed by Australian member Sue Dennis  Do yourself a big favor and go to her website.  Her work is wonderful!

Then if you continue in the 'treating yourself to wonderful', continue reading for Betty Busby's answer to the challenge.  I was gobsmacked!

If you go right now you can read it all ;^)  This challenge might be my favorite...but then I haven't posted the NEXT challenge's answer.  Hint:  Monochromatic.  Two months exactly to wait. 

Still Dry:

Still Dry detail
 Sue's challenge was, indeed, a challenge for me.  I avoid dyeing.  I support others who dye so brilliantly, and therefore, I have a wonderful stash and I don't worry about my immune system's uncanny ability to find strange, unheard of, crazily random reactions.

The challenge was posted while I was on holiday on a small island in San Pablo Bay, opposite Vallejo CA.  When the island was developed in the 1800's it served as the first US Naval port on the west coast, in response to Russia's trade in timber, moving from Alaska into N. CA.  Mare Island served as a military station and a ship building and repair yard until it was de-commissioned in the 1990's and became the property of the city of Vallejo.

Today Officer's Row, a splendid eucalyptus lined street boasting gorgeous mid-1850's homes, which serve as an inn, offices, a wine-tasting facility and private homes.  Nearby, also eucalyptus surrounded, is St. John's Chapel with 23 beautifully maintained Tiffany stained-glass windows.  Recently new homes have been constructed, a building was converted into a elementary school, a VA hospital moved into a new location and a large private university converted Army/Navy buildings into classrooms, labs and dormitories.  In short the place is hopping and will continue to develop with it's new ferry service directly to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.

The part of this story that is relevant to Sue's challenge is the 150 year old stand of eucalyptus.  They are grand things, and while we were on holiday they were shedding their thin bark strips.

The timing was perfect.  Sue's challenge and my affection for eucalyptus.  I harvested armloads of bark, packed them up and shipped them home where I tried my hand at "non-invasive to my immune system" dyeing.  I decided the best tack would be to boil the chips in a big vat for several hours outside on my grille.  After sieving the broth into another vat, I boiled a cotton sheet with black printed leaves that I'd found at a thrift store and a piece of bright gold cotton for several hours.

My results were not flashy.  Indeed they were dull.  The white turned meh, a tad cream,  and the gold turned brass.  But I did like change.

Still Dry's color will probably not be permanent, surely could not stand up to repeated washings.

My theme, Exotic, continues to look at global warning and subsequent climate changes.  This piece is pieced with the dyed and commercial cottons, It is machine and hand stitched.