Sunday, October 27, 2013

Viewpoints 9-2 Reveal Day

For our first Challenge in this new cycle of Viewpoints9, Martha Wolfe posed the question:  Where does time go?  Just up my alley...a question I ask myself every day.

Actually, I have been working on this Challenge for 13 years....the last 3 with more urgency.

"Autumn Turns to Winter:  Unraveled and Frayed"

Let me just say that a few years ago I discovered that 50 is NOT the new 40.  AND, 60 is NOT the new 50.  AND, 70 is not the new anything....anything, that is, but for me, an urgent need to create.

Thirteen years ago I thought of myself as being in my 'Autumn Years".  My visual language included fallen leaves, bare trees, autumn moons and ravens, reminding me of Nevermore.

Those images remain still, darkened perhaps, but continuing to insist that I keep creating.  Everyday.  In the hopes that I will know where my time has gone.

Check out the varied, interesting interpretations:  Viewpoints 9 !

Full disclosure re my Unraveled and Frayed:  

Details:  18"x18" vintage, reclaimed, recycled cotton dinner napkin, raw edged appliqued with hand-dyed, block printed, hand-painted and soy wax batiked cottons.  Machine and hand stitched.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A thread runs through it

Here are some photo notes from PIQF in Santa Clara CA this past Thursday where I 'booth sat' the SAQA table, chatting with whomever would  ;^)

We are visiting in CA visiting Martha Wolfe and some other friends and I was able to spend a day with Martha at the PIQF show.  Great fun!

I'm on my husband's laptop and not particularly adept...where, oh, where are my notes with quilters' names?

I do know that the second one is Hsin-Chen Lin, third is Susan Lee, fourth is a detail from one of several Betty Busbys'.  Apologizes to the others!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013


It was a really wonderful experience being a Studio Art Quilt Associates Connecticut Co-Rep for the last few years.  Granted it did involve commitment... but it also afforded me the pleasure of meeting and working with some truly wonderful artists, curators, museum directors, gallery owners, shop owners, university professors and the list goes on.

For those of you who are members, seriously, consider getting involved more.  For those of you who are not members, go look at the new website and think about joining.

I feel this way in spite of, not because of, retiring as Co-rep.  Heck, I almost teared up at the prospect of leaving the position when I was presented with this grand crow puppet as my 'emeritus' gift.

Frankly, I think she will be very happy in my studio. I will probably need to name her.  Suggestions?

Crows have long been an image I use in my work...actually other corvids too.  I am intrigued by these intelligent creatures.  That and they are a metaphor for my advancing age:  no bluebirds here.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Serendipity Strikes Again

2013 Events

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I am one of the luckiest people I know.  Saturday at 8am my friend Vivika DeNegre rang asking it I'd like to go to NYC for the day to participate in Quilters Take Manhattan, a celebration of Quilt Alliance.  Know how fast I said YES?  I was ready and waiting in an hour.

I took a bunch of pics...but they were all for other people, using their cameras.  Duh.  Finally I shot one of my own.  Pictured with Vivika (Editor of Quilting Arts...and much more) are Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal. You can tell they were having fun.

It was such a wonderful day filled with friends, new friends, fiber...fiber...fiber.  Oh, did I say that Hollis Chatelain was the Event Speaker with "An Artist's Journey" AND the four members of Semper Tedium spoke:  Paula Nadelstern, Robin Schwalb, Amy Orr and Katherine Knauer!?!

See, I told you I was lucky.  Doesn't get better than this.
Leslie Tucker Jenison, Vivika DeNegre and Jamie Fingal

Dark mid-day foreground with glorious background

Leaving NYC on a beautiful Sept day