Thursday, June 22, 2017

June Travels

June has been a busy month.  I traveled to Northern California to visit with friends and attend a SAQA regional meeting.  The meeting was held at the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, California, where the SAQA exhibition, Wild Fabrications was on display.  Meeting the  members of the Northern CA, Nevada region was a treat. The Pixel Ladies shared some of their thoughts and processes with the group.  Deb and Kris are a collaborative team that works with computers and cloth to create their visions.  Theirs is an labor of love.

SAQA - Wild Fabrication Exhibition
Pixel Ladies - Detail
After time in Sonoma county, I was able to spend six wonderful days at a friend's cabin in Arnold, CA.  The cabin sits at the 4,000 foot elevation.  The day I arrived it was snowing.  Once the storm passed through the area the remaining days were a wonderful 80 degrees.  
Building in Ukiah, California

Sonora Pass, HWY 108

While in the Serria Nevada Mountains, I was able to begin hand stitching a new piece.  Below is a sneak peak at a section of the work.   This piece was created as an abstract with little to no plan, a method called improvisational art making.  I started with hand dyed fabrics and then added commercial fabrics of similar pallets.  The entire piece has been machine stitched in the ditch to a foundation of wool batting. 

Sneak Peak Detail
Happy travels ...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Eco Print, Rust Print, Wool and Silk Panel

This piece has been in process for a long while ... over a year now.  It is time to bring it out in the light and post it.  Wool felt was used to eco print.  Guava, oak, eucalyptus, and creosote leaves form the prints on fiber.  The reds are from the dollar eucalyptus leaves. The green is from the creosote leaves.  And the purplish gray tones are from the oaks leaves. The bundle was steamed for a 1.5 hour.  When rolling the bundle freezer paper was place on the wrong side of the print and rolled with the wool.  The barrier kept leaf prints from bleeding into each other.
Eco One -Side One
Eco One - Side Two
Silk was used for rust imprints and eco prints.  These bundles were tied and immersed in a bath containing onion skins.  Some of the rusted elements were sew onto the silk prior to immersion into the boiling water.  A turkey roster was used for steaming and boiling.

The piece called Eco One is two sided.  The first side is strictly eco printed with some hand stitching.  If you look closely you can see the lines resulting from the string used to tie the wrap of the bundle. This shows best in the detail pictures. The second side is created with dyed and rusted panels of silk.  Hope you enjoy the images.

The panel measures 16 wide by 49 long inches.

The details show a closer look at  the rusted and the eco print results.
Detail - Rusted, Eco Printed
Detail - Eco print and stitch
Detail - Eco print back ground, attached rusted metal
Detail - Eco Print on Wool

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dawn to Dusk Panels - Journal Entry #1

Three Panels - 45 by 65 inches
The Inspiration Story:

The newest textile is about the light seen at dusk and at dawn of the day. The inspiration for the creation was SAQA’s announced call for entry, Dusk to Dawn. The panels came together quickly and easily, as if they were made to go together. The combination of the hand dyed whole cloth panels remind me of the light at the beginning of the day and the tonal hues seen at the end of a day. As a photographer, I am aware of the transforming effect of light at different times of day.  Dawn and dusk are magical times of the day. Each panel was made at different times employing two different processes of textile dying.

I plan to document the making of the piece from piecing to finish.  The idea started in a small group discussion with friends, other creative souls, that meet periodically.  Not knowing how I wanted to stitch, I engaged the assistance of these friends.  They are my go to girls when I am stuck.  We were discussing ways to quilt the panel piece and one of them recommended documenting the progression of the work.  By blogging I will record the details of the making. This a good discipline for me and a way to journal the layers through time by documenting my processes.

Construction Notes:

The piece is 65 inches wide by 45 inches long.  It is constructed using three hand dyed cotton fabrics.  The center panel was folded, clipped with surgical clamps, and then ice dyed.  The outer panels were dyed using soy wax as a resist with letters added with a thermofax screen and textile paint.

After the panels were sewn together, the first level of basting, 505 spray and fix, was applied to the fabric.  An iron set at high stabilized the panels to the wool batting.  Then the panels were machine basted with a home Juki sewing machine. Stitch length was set at 6 and sewn at six inch intervals.  One good tip Cory, a professional long arm quilter and friend, recommended was to stitch in the ditch between the panels.  This added stitch will keep the line between the panels straight as quilting is added. The panels are securely attached to the batting and ready for the next layer, hand stitching.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sargasso Sea ~ 1st Place at Desert Quilters of Nevada Show

Desert Quilters of Nevada hosted their annual quilt show at the Henderson Convention Center this past weekend. With over 230 entries, the show represents works from their 450 membership. 

Sargasso Sea, my most recent textile art piece, received a first place in it's category, Non-Representational Art Quilt. During judging there was some discussion about the legality of the piece. Did it fit the definition of a quilt, having three layers with stitch through all three?  Recently, I have been putting a layer of organza silk which is somewhat see through of the backside of my fiber art.  This allows the viewer to see the backside of the stitching. In quilting circles this is considered a false back, one that has not been stitched through.  Ultimately, more discussion is needed to define what is an art quilt.  What I know is that it is not a traditional quilt.  Therefore I question the norm of judging it as such.  I hope someday in the near future Art Quilts will be judged as art with a focus on design rather than traditional quilt techniques alone.

Sargasso Sea was inspired by the distinctive color elements found in the Sargasso Sea, the yellow Sargasso kelp and the aqua blue sea. The two panels together measure 36 by 52 inches.  Each panel consists of hand dyed of cotton, linen and silk. Paint and hand stitch emphasized currents found in the sea. The two panels together measure 36 inches wide by 52 inches long.

I love the process of creating and working with fiber, dyes, paint, and stitch. In the beginning of a piece, I usually have a conceptual idea which morphs as the work progresses.  While the work is in process it hangs on a predominant wall in our family room.  Daily viewing helps me determine where more stitch is needed. I love painting and absolutely enjoy hand stitching and using simple stitches to create movement, add texture, and apply more color.    The totality of the process feeds my soul.

Below are more pictures showing the paint and stitch details.  Enjoy !!!

Sargasso Sea - 2017
Selection of Blocks

Stitch detail #1

Stitch detail #2

Stitch detail #3

Stitch detail #4

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Two Shows in Vegas ~ Light Play at CSN and Quilt Las Vegas in Henderson

This weekend two very different yet equally enjoyable happens opened this weekend in Las Vegas.  Light Play by Robot Army and Quilt Las Vegas by the Desert Quilters of Nevada.

Light Play by Robot Army, created by Sarah Petkus and Mark Koch,  exhibition opened at College of Southern Nevada on Cheyenne Campus.  The remarkable and brilliant pairing of technology and art can be seen at the CSN Art Gallery from March 31 to April 29, 2017.  Check it out on youtube.  The collaborative pair of creative souls, Sarah and Mark, are worth keeping an eye on.  Looking forward to what comes next!

Graphic by Sarah
Graphic by Sarah

Light Play

Desert Quilter's of Nevada annual Quilt Show, "Urban Lights" held at the Henderson Convention Center represented some of the best work by quilters in the Southern Nevada area. I enjoyed seeing the traditional quilts, the modern quilts, the figurative sculptures  and the art quilts.

Sargasso Sea (Left) in Art Quilt Gallery
Main Hall Quilts

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017 Desert Quilters of Nevada Annual Show

Well it has been a whirl wind week so far.  Lots of planning for the annual DQN show is coming to fruition.  Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday are show photography, judging and hanging.  This is my time of year to volunteer with the guild.  In good company, the comradery found leading up to the show is contagious.  The show opens on Thursday evening and runs through Saturday. 

My entry for this year's show is called Sargasso Sea, a two piece non-representational art quilt.  Hand dyed cotton, silk and linen were used as the fiber pieced base which was painted then hand stitched.  A false back of silk organza allows the stitching on the backside to be seen.  The separate pieces are related through  connecting linear designs and shape repetition.  Here is a peak at some of the details of the quilt.  The next blog post will share a full picture of the quilt and the results of the judging.

Sargasso Sea - Detail
Sargasso Sea - Detail backside
"The Sargasso Sea is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by four currents, that together form a circulating ocean stream called a gyre.[1]:90 It is the only such oceanic region on Earth to which the term sea has been extended, all others being bound entirely or mostly by land.[2][3][4] A distinctive body of water often found with its characteristic brown Sargassum seaweed and often calm blue water, it is very different from the rest of the Atlantic Ocean." ~

Sagasso Sea - Detail
Sargasso Sea - Hand stitched detail

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Year's Reflection ~ 2016

I do not usually do much reflection about a passing year or set goals for the year.  Last year was different, to motivate myself,  I set a goal to show more of my work in 2016.  With that in mind, it is time to look back and see what became of the auspicious plan.  I was able to show pieces in Washington, Oregon, Texas and Nevada.  Here is a brief synopsis of the year. 

1. Enso 2, Texas Quilt Museum, SAQA, On the Fringe regional juried group show.
Constructed from hand dyed fabrics, eco printed cottons and silks, painted, machine and hand stitched.
Enso 2
Enso 2 - detail

 Enso 2, will show again at the Harrington Gallery in northern California, March 2017.  Then it goes into a private collection.

2. Oysterville, Washington ~ Then and Now, Visions Gallery, Chandler, Arizona. Art Quilt XX juried selected exhibition and Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland Oregon.
Constructed using cotton fabrics, painted, hand stitched and embellished.   Barn painted and stitched, then appliqued onto the map. Artist's rendition of overhead map of the Wallapa Bay in Washington state.  Resides in a private collection.
Machine piecing and layering of Oysterville map

Bard-Heim Barn, originally on site in Oysterville
Oysterville, Washington

3. Moon Over Bourbon Street, Quilt and Fiber Arts Festival, La Conner Washington. Juried show, winning second place Fiber Art Created Textile category.
Constructed with photoshop created print on cotton, free motion machine stitched, and oil painted.

Moon Over Bourbon Street
Moon Over, detail

4. Enso One, Las Vegas City Hall, juried program for the arts (2015-2016).
Constructed using commercial fabrics, machine appliqued and long arm quilted by professional and good friend, Linda Natale.
Enso One
Stitch detail

5. Dead Horse Canyon, Desert Quilters of Nevada, First Place in Art Quilts, Place category.
Constructed with photoshop digital photo transfer on to canvas, ink penning, oil paint, hand made copper and brass embellishments, free motion machine stitched.
Dead Horse Canyon ~ construction
Dead Horse image

Hand crafted embellishment, from drawing to fabrication

6. Shelia, Visions Gallery, Chandler, Arizona. Juried selected exhibition.
Constructed using twice printed cotton for lizard, hand embroidery on boarders, free motion quilted, machine pieced and appliqued.

7. Spiral, SAQA, Traveling Show
Constructed using original drawing on paper with ink and pen, photoshop rendered, transferred onto cotton, inked to bring up color, machine free motion stitched.
Spiral detail of stitch

Spiral, Original pen and ink on paper work enhanced in Photoshop

Well that is my year in review.   All of these pieces have been featured in previous blog posts.  Check around in old posts if you'd like more details. I hoped you enjoyed the year in review pieces as much as I enjoyed the creative processes shown.  This year I plan to go bigger and hopefully better.

Follow your dreams; they will take you to places unexpected.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

More Street Art and City Photos of Lisbon

Of all the photos taken the ones most commented upon were those of the Street Art we happened upon in Lisbon.  The cityhas embraced the work of street artists local and international. The Portuguese capital is now known as one of the cities in the world with the best street art.  Here I present more of the art we happened upon during our daily rambles through the city.  Lost was often the best way to discover the best art.

Trolley Tracts w Street Art


Trolley Detail

Street Art Detail
Love Street Art
Street Art

Art in Front of Pharmacia

Local Doorway

Street Art ~ Mouraia

What I loved about Lisbon was the street art, the light and the architecture. The city is know for it's seven hills.  It seemed that everywhere we went an other view came into view.  We took the tram one afternoon to the end the the line which dropped us off at a hillside cemetery.  From there we walked through residential neighborhoods and parks.  Throughout the city central squares, large and small, provided places for people to gather.  Hole in the wall cafes were around every corner. Simple but fresh daily entries were available as well as coffees and pastries.

View to River
Typical Street
City of Seven Hills

Convent Roof Collapse after Earthquake

City View
Night in Lisbon
Street View

Ever Changing Street Art
Roof Top from Below
Roof Tops from Above
Cemetery Street
Inside a Crypt

Cemetery Cats

Fountain in Park
Restaurant Fare

Cobble Stones with Designs

 I would like to return to Lisbon to take in more of the sights and the air and the light and the food and the people.