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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Back From AQT

What a wonderful week! We had such a good time. Els Van Baarle's class was excellent and she is a delightful person. The link to her website is in my previous post. We used soy wax for batiking, which I had never done before. The soy wax works quite well in a classroom setting because there are no fumes to worry about and it is easy to handle. Since I've never used regular wax before, I had nothing to compare it with, but feel it will work well in my small studio. I'm also feeling more comfortable working with Procion dyes after this week. Els made it all very accessible for us, and I'm very pleased with the work I did. I was so caught up in what I was doing, I really didn't take many pictures. The one I've posted shows my tablemate erecting a barrier so she wouldn't splatter with the energetic dye application she needed to do. We applied the dye directly to the fabric with brushes, a technique which is also well-suited to my small space.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tahoe Update

I was disappointed to learn that Rayna's class at AQT was cancelled because not enough people signed up for it. She is so great, I'm really surprised . I have her new book and was looking forward to trying some of the techniques in her class. Now, I'm determined to go ahead on my own using the book.

As an alternate to Rayna's class, I've signed up for Els Van Baarle's class. She was there last year and her class made some beautiful fabrics, so I know I will enjoy this as well. This is her web page: http://www.elsvanbaarle.com/ . Her work is really gorgeous.


My art quilt guild, AQuA, recently exhibited in the gallery at Mesa Verde National Park. One of my pieces, "Windows and Doors: Inside" sold! This was definitely a bright spot for me. It incorporates hand painted fabric I did in Gerry Chase's class two years ago at Art Quilt Tahoe. (You can see some of her work here: https://www.artfulhome.com/artist/883.html )
This piece is part of the Windows and Doors series I have been working on using this fabric.

Friday, August 1, 2008

What to Do When You Can't Do Much of Anything

This is definitely one summer I will be glad to have behind me. My 91 year old mom fell in early June and fractured her pelvis in two places and her sacrum. Thank goodness she is now out of the rehab center and back home and doin pretty well. Now, my husband has become involuntarily unemployed, and my business is slow - people don't spend money they don't need to when gas and food are so expensive.

Creativity has been hard to come by. I have found one helpful outlet to at least be doing something. I got a small Japanese journal - all the pages are attached and they accordian fold out. They are made by Moleskine, and the paper is very good quality. I'm using my favorite color scheme and a variety of techniques and materials I've been wanting to explore. The images above show two sets of pages that I especially like.
The advantage of working this way for me is that the scale is small, so I can work in small chunks of time and still complete something; since I'm just "experimenting" there is less pressure to be perfect; and what I am doing can form the basis for future fiber projects.
So...I'm hangin' in there and taking joy where I can find it. Times will get better, and we have a lot more than many.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Desert Sun and Shadow

I recently had a piece accepted to "Canyon Voices", a show my art quilt group AQuA will be putting on at the gallery in Mesa Verde in August. Above is a picture of "Desert Sun and Shadow". The focal point of the piece is a photgraph I took in southern Utah. The photo is printed on cotton fabric at approximately 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches in size with an inkjet printer. Additional pieces were also solicited, and I sent in "Windows and Doors: Inside".

Some of you have asked about this kind of photo printing. I make my own printer sheets with pfd cotton poplin and C. Jenkins freezer paper sheets. This is the link to their web site http://www.cjenkinscompany.com/ Their paper is pre cut, heavier than regular freezer paper and doesn't curl. They have a good variety of sizes and also carry pre-treated fabric for printing.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Denver National Exhibit

For the third year my art quilt group, AQuA, will have a special exhibit at the Mancuso Denver National Show. The theme this year is "Free Range Fibers". My piece in the show is "Don't Fence Me In". My idea was to start with the basic Rail Fence pattern and keep stretching it until the fence is broken and the quilter flies free over the range. I love my little flying quilter! If you are at the show be sure to stop by and see our exhibit.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I'm Still Here

It has been a while since I have posted, but I'm still here and actually doing some work. Right now I'm working on a quilt for a bed in a boat! The boat is very cool - an old wooden boat - and deserves something special. I've been nervous about getting it right, but I think I have come up with something my customer and I both like. The picture above is my draft image of the quilt. The actual fabrics are all batiks, and not all of them are blue. I'm also using patterned fabrics in blues and golds. This draft is primarily to show the value gradations and placement of the photos.