Friday, January 19, 2018

Digital Printing on Fabric with Jeana Eve Klein

A shout out and many thanks to the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts for hosting a two day workshop with Jeana Klein.  The artist taught digital printing on recycled fabrics.  Her work was also on display at the Charleston Heights Gallery in Las Vegas, NV. 

The mediums used to prepare the fabric surfaces for printing were Golden Regular Gel Matte, Golden Gesso, and Ink Aid.   The printer used was Epson Stylus C88, an economical printer that uses archival inks.

Photoshop software processed selected images to print.  Jeana demonstrated a fool proof method for breaking down larger images into printable blocks.

The results were fun and the process leaves me with more ideas for experimentation.  The process gives a painterly effect to the fabric which I love, speaking to my current exploration of paint and hand stitch on textiles.

I love the results !!! Take and look below for details and the final pieced piece.

Jeana Eve Klein - Artist, Instructor
Printed pieces on prepared cotton
Sample, 5 x 5 inches printed cotton block

Pieced Back - Fabrics used

Pieced Front - Fabric Print

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy 2018 ... A Year in Prospective for 2017

In 2017 four of my pieces were shown in galleries across the west coast.  I am blessed in the recognition and happy to share what I love with the world.  A year in review follows ...

Oysterville, Then and Now joined a group of quilts displayed at various venues in the Long Beach, Washington area.  The grouping was sponsored by the Peninsula Quilt Guild.

Enso 2 was shown at the Harrington Gallery in Pleasanton, CA in a juried group exhibition for the SAQA Northern California and Nevada Region.

Saragossa Sea was on exhibit in the Chandler Arts Gallery in the juried group show, As Near to the Edge as I Can Go, Art Quilts XXII.  This was the third year that my work has been shown.  I am as always thankful for the opportunity. 

Colors showing panels of individual pieces which were created by members of the local Art Quilts group was displayed at the Sahara Library in Las Vegas, NV.  Two of my pieces were included in the panels.
Top left
Fourth down, third across
In addition to fiber work, I usually take an art class each semester at the community college.  The results are always rewarding.  No matter what the medium, the process of creating art transfers to all things fiber.  I took an oil painting class and was challenged by the medium and inspired by my peers.  I also jumped into a bit of encaustic work.  This is definitely a process I want to pursue.  It is just way too much fun!

Community College Campus ~ Oil
Mountain Scape ~ Encaustic
2017 was a great year.  Looking back, what is consistent in the textile work is the use of hand stitch.   Hand stitching is a labor of love as I appreciate the textures, colors and the mark of the artist that the stitch creates. While hand stitching is not new to me, I feel more and more confident in it's application.  I am looking forward to see what 2018 brings.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery ~ Exhibition Opening ~ 2017

Attending the opening of Art Quilts XXII in Chandler, Arizona on November 17, 2017 was so much fun. I am honored to be in a group show with so many accomplished artists. I enjoyed meeting some of them.   The opening evening provided time to interact and to learn how and why the artists created what they did for the exhibition. The curator of the show, Sandra Branjord, was candid about her process of selecting the art.  From her, I learned that the detail shots are equally important as the overall shots of a piece when submitting an entry. 

While the process of doing the work is the first and foremost motivator, feedback about a finished piece is an added bonus.  Watching attendees view and comment was a highlight of the evening for me. 

If you are in Phoenix over the holidays, it is well worth a trip to visit “As Near to the Edge as I Can Go” at the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, Chandler, AZ from November 17, 2017 – January 5, 2018.

Photos taken at the opening event:
On Dahlias by Conley
Dahlias Detail

Heliophobia by Lastles

Viewer of Sargasso Sea


Attitude Adjustment Miller
Opening Eve

Monday, November 13, 2017

ART QUILT XXII: As Near to the Edge as I Can Go

The Chandler Center for the Arts Vision Gallery hosts an annual (22 years now) art quilt exhibition.  This year my piece, Wide Sargasso Sea, is featured on the exhibition post card.  Indeed this is a great honor as the art is among 22 other multi-media textile pieces that are juried into to the prestigious show.

Vision Gallery - Postcard 2017

The textile piece was inspired by a book called The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. The Sargasso Sea is known for it’s aqua blue waters and golden Sargasso kelp. The color palette was chosen to reflect those vivid colors of the region. Each panel was created to mimic the tidal movements of the sea and to mimic the currents of the ocean. The panels are interconnected through the basic design element of line which was emphasized by applying paint and hand stitch.
When I composed this piece I was drawn to experimenting with the nature of dying and over dying fabric.  I used the circle as a repetitive motif throughout and within the corresponding panels.  I also experimented with paint to highlight patterns created by the dyed resist.  Hand stitch was added to echo the painted imprints. In the largest panel, different size and type threads were used to convey the fluidity of water.

Techniques: Hand dying of textiles, fabric painted, machine constructed and hand stitched texture.

Monday, August 28, 2017

End of Summer ... Deadline Challeges

While the summer heat in Las Vegas remains in three digits, knowledge of summer's end comes with cool mornings and balmy evenings.  These pre and post day temperature fluctuations are a true shift in the season.  Soon it will be time to return to the garden which is in need of trimming, cleaning and new plantings.  I love adding color and working in the dirt.  There is something eternal about digging in the garden that feeds the soul.

While talking with a respected art friend, she asked me what I receive by entering my work into national fiber arts shows.  Initially, I spoke to the desire to share the work within a larger scope, and by doing so gauging my progress.  In our discussion, this wise friend, pointed out what she had observed about my process.  I was reminded that deadlines increase my productivity.  This insight was something I had never considered.  Indeed, I realized focus and intent increase the closer I come to a deadline.   Deadlines are self chosen parameters which challenge me to push forward to work within a time constraint.  There are days when the creative muse escapes me, yet those are the days when getting into the studio is the most important.  Having deadlines keeps me focused and provides discipline, a kick in the pants, when needed most. So while it is fun to create when the iron is hot, it is equally important to do the work, consistently and in gratitude.

So, onto what is current.  To keep track of important dates I list entry challenges on a calendar.  My selection of where and what to enter is based on current work and how it fits the call for artist entry or a theme that speaks to personal interest. The past two years, I have been honored with selection into an annual gallery show in Chandler, Arizona.  This year's theme is “As Near to the Edge as I Can Go”, Art Quilts XXII.  Interests in hand dyes, paint, and creating my mark through hand stitch have dominated the pieces being constructed currently.  I love experimenting with materials.  That has always been a constant in my fiber work. Using dye and paint and a variety of threads encourages me to push these materials past their traditional applications.

The two pieces I have entered into Chandler's Art Quilt XXII show for consideration are Sargasso Sea (36 wide by 52 high) and Spiral Dance (24 wide by 36 long).  Both incorporate the use of hand dyed fabrics (cotton, silk and canvas) and are finished using the technique of directed hand stitch.  Both compositions are abstracts inspired by color palettes created in the hand dyed, wax resist fabrics.  The making of each was time intense.  The process used to create is layered based, cumulative, one step leads to an other step. I love developing in stages while utilizing marking methods unique to the hand of the artist.   Equally, I love the the results.  My hope is that my passion and spirit shine through each piece.

Sargasso Sea - Colors of the Water and the Kelp found in the region

Details of wax resist dye fabric, paint and hand stitch

Spiral Dance Detail - Central hand dyed piece, hand stitch

Enjoy the art, enjoy the day,