Planet Textile Threads

October 01, 2014

Margaret Cooter

Stitched Up - exhibition

"An exhibition surveying artistic approaches ato textile mediums, application and appropriations in Post-War and Contemporary Art during the last three decades, starting with pioneers Rosemarie Trockel and Alighiero Boetti, then leading through some of today's best and most promising artists, Sergej Jensen and Sterling Ruby [not shown], up to emerging talents Ethan Cook, Sam Moyer, Ayan Farah, Nina Beier and Alek O. This exhibition creates a lineage and overview as to how different artists have and are employing textiles in their artistic practice and to what end."

That's what it says in the catalogue. The exhibition was at Sotheby's S/2 gallery, 3-30 September, and you can see all 15 works online. These are my photographs of my favourites.
Ayan Farah, Lahleh (2014), 180x120cm.
Indian ink, black clay, sea salt and dead sea mud on hemp.

Hard to see the subtlety of this piece, Untitled (2013) by Ethan Cook, 230 x 305cm.
Hand woven cotton on canvas, in artist's frame.
(You couldn't make a quilt this simple and "pure" - or could you?)

Another Ethan Cook, again Untitled (2013), 128 x 103cm.
Hand woven cotton on canvas, in artist's frame.
(It consists of nine pieces of fabric, machine sewn and stretched.)

Piece number 16, ex-catalogue, is by Nina Beier, title and dimensions not available.
She puts swathes of cloth - found ("appropriated") garments - into a frame, or as
the catalogue says, "a portrait oriented vitrine".
The garments are animal prints - the work "engages in the problems of representation and the economics of creation.
While quickly adding links to the artists, I saw enough to make we want to go an look at more of their work.

Looking for reviews of the exhibition, of which there were few if any, I thought this was a bit of an overblown claim:
"The ancient techniques of weaving, stitching and the spinning of fibres are among some of the
earliest forms of human creative expression, “Stitched Up” looks at how and why these processes
are being adopted by artists today."

The exhibition did make me think that in fine art, fabric can be a medium like paint - the artist uses it less for its properties and history than simply as a medium, paring back to essentials (or presenting it in some jarring way). In textile art, on the other hand, the fabric/fibre is central and what is done to or with it can usually be classified as accumulation, repetition, and variation - and often all of these at once."Art textiles" might be category between these two, if it could be defined more clearly. Hmm, I'm still thinking about this...

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at October 01, 2014 08:24 PM

Olga Norris

More trials

Of course because I did a little watering yesterday evening, I awoke to find that some rain had fallen overnight!  Never mind, it is still sunny and unseasonably warm yet into October.
I returned to printing, and to one plate particularly, provisionally entitled Sutherland serenade.  I had already prepared a few pieces of scrunched and soft pastel covered tissue paper to use with the print.  I have developed a strong preference for adding colour in this way rather than either using multiple plates or reduction printing.
This could be described as laziness - except that the manipulation of glued layers of coloured tissue can be MADDENING!!  On the other hand, some of the results can not only work really well, but the delightful odd accident principle which works so often in printmaking generally also contributes positively from time to time.
I was apprehensive about this one: the cutting out of the orange swirl was a real pain, and the stickiness drove me mad, but I really like the result. 
The second of the examples here has not worked so well.  I do like the colours together, but the hard line shows so much more here, probably because I did not use tissue paper for the blue swirl.  Trying to use up stuff I already have, I took this stiffer while still very thin paper which I had already painted with a wash of water-diluted pastel.  Also, this provides a good example of what can happen with the glued paper: I had to cut the swirl because it was misbehaving, and even after that it folded on itself during the printing.
I used other bits and pieces, but nothing came out which encouraged me as much as these two, and so I shall prepare more tissue with pastel to try again in a few days.  Meanwhile, at the end of today's session in order to use up the remaining ink, I proofed a few more of my waving folks.
 

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at October 01, 2014 02:41 PM

Neki Rivera

fancy toile




this is a  multi function slip that will act as the undergarment- lining for my rendition of the lily dress and also the toile used to make what is hoped minor adjustments. i changed plans-again- because was not in the mood of spending more money on the lining undergarment than on the dress itself. one and a half meters of raw silk  did not get me enough to replicate the pattern, the skirt is really voluminous, therefore i opted for an a line slip with a back seam.
 however, if the toile doesn't work i'll have to re buy. big saving!



will sew this first and then and only then cut this baby. it was one of my buys in nippori fabric town when i was in tokyo last spring.

 the fabric is a very open plain weave combinig silk and linen which makes it crisp yet supple.
i am making a sleeveless version so it can be worn with a sweater underneath  during cold weather.




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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at October 01, 2014 08:00 AM

Kyra Hicks

Award-winning playwright Katoni Hall's Blood Quilt Comes to DC's Arena Stage April 2015

DC's Arena Stage will host award-winning Katoni Hall's new play, The Blood Quilt, April to June 2015. This world premiere of this comedy-drama focuses on four sisters who gather back at their childhood home,off the coast of Georgia, to sew a quilt in honor of their late mother.

According to the show's promotional material, when the sisters' "reunion turns into a reading of their mother’s will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual, laughter and tears, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever?" 

You may already be familiar with Ms. Hall's play The Mountaintop, about Dr. Marin Luther King on the night before his assassination. In New York, the play starred Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.

I can't wait to see The Blood Quilt - and to also see what the actual quilt will look like! No word yet on which actresses will play the sisters. I'm sure, though, that many of quilting guild will take in this new work!  Enjoy!

by Kyra (noreply@blogger.com) at October 01, 2014 08:00 AM

Terry Grant

The Algarve

It is 4:30 in the morning. I have been awake since 3:30. My head hurts and I can't sleep. Jet lag. Over the past three weeks my brain and body somehow adjusted rather easily to a 9 hour time shift between Oregon and Spain. Now back, in Oregon, the shift back isn't going as smoothly. So, here I am, awake at this ungodly hour and it seems like a good time to try to figure out why I was unable to post more than one chimney photo to my blog in the last week of our trip. I left off in Sevilla, which now seems ages ago, so what came next...

The Algarve. Portugal's south coast.

Little white villages, climbing up beachside cliffs. The Algarve is all about kicking back, eating great fresh fish, walking on the beach, looking at the stars and exploring. It was a good change of pace from cities, museums and palaces.

 


 
After taking a bus from Sevilla, we rented a car and set out to explore a bit of the Algarve on our own. Besides its beauty and quaint charm, the area has history. Driving out from Selema, where we were staying, to Sagres and Cape St. Vincent, we were headed to " the end of the world"— the southwestern point of the European continent. Back in the 1300's, for Europeans, this was the literal end of the known world and the point from which eventually the great Portugese explorers would venture out into the unknown. It was here that Prince Henry the Navigator established his school of navigation and dreamed of a sea route to the treasures of India. The drama of the cliffs and vast expanse of ocean can still stir the imagination as you stand at the Cape Vincent lighthouse and walk around the point at the Fortress at Sagres.

 

 

Well, my posting problem seems have been resolved. Perhaps it was simply an inadequate wifi connection in Portugal that was holding things up.

I have more to share—the rest of The Algarve and Lisbon—I have a fear that if I don't record all this while it is fresh in my mind I will forget it! This blog has become my travel journal, so it is actually mostly for myself that I am posting. If you don't mind reading and viewing my vacation photos, I am happy for your company. If you've tired of the whole thing I'll be back to fabric and such in a few days!

And now, coffee and breakfast. It is still way too early, but Ray, my fellow traveler, is awake as well, and has made coffee. We will stumble through the day and hope our inner clocks are rewinding...

 

by Terry Grant (noreply@blogger.com) at October 01, 2014 06:57 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Picket Pin Summit

 From the summit of Picket Pin Road we could see far in the distance to the Pryor Mountains, had a good overlook into the Beartooths and could see the Crazys off to the west.


by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at October 01, 2014 06:00 AM

Gerrie Congdon

Urban Surfaces – The Printed Fabric Bee

 

urbansurfacedetail

This is a detail shot of the printing I did for The Printed Fabric Bee. Leslie Jenison chose urban surfaces as her theme. In my last post, I told you that I started with a cotton scarf on which the dye job was pretty sad.

whatwasithinkingscarf

I painted it with diluted DynaFlow paint to dirty it up and gray the colors.

dynaflowpaintedurbansurface

Then, I went at it with construction fence under a silkscreen and black paint.

constfenceprinting

 

 

urbansurfaceconstfenceprint

I went home and let it dry over night. The next day, I used a white beeswax crayon and a rubbing plate to make marks on the piece.

beeswaxmarksurbansurface

Next, I went at it with a syringe and lime green paint to make graffiti like marks. I was quite worried when I left it because the paint was a lot puffier than I had planned, but when I came back the next day, it was dry and flat.

syringegraffitiurbansurface

Leslie asked for a 6″ x 18″ piece. I had enough for two. So, it was easy to get a nice 6″ piece for the giveaway.

finishedurbansurfaces

urbansurfacescollage

Click on the collage to go to our FaceBook page to leave a comment and go to The Printed Fabric Bee Blog to leave a comment for a chance to win the fabric collection.

 

 

by Gerrie at October 01, 2014 04:26 AM

September 30, 2014

Sarah Ann Smith

England 2014: Wednesday the 13th: Bath and Lacock

Minerva Sulis, from the Roman Baths in Bath, England

Minerva Sulis, from the Roman Baths in Bath, England–simply exquisite.  I SO need to get out my pencils and watercolors and sketch this head.

Wednesday, August 13 was such a packed day that I’ve had to split it into TWO posts.  When I planned the trip, I wanted to give Eli as good a feeling for various parts of England and times in its history as I could manage in two weeks.  We went from over 2000 years ago to early Roman Britain to medieval to Georgian to Oxford/universities to modern in various places.   Stonehenge is really hard to reach (impossible) by train, and I didn’t want to drive, so that meant a coach tour.  Very early on in the planning, I discovered a special tour that ran from an 11 a.m. pick up in London to Bath, Lacock and Stonehenge, home about 10 p.m.   This post will be the first two stops.

On the way to meet the coach, I had to hug a pillar box (for mail) just in case they ecome a vanishing artifact, like the red phone booths (after all, how many pay phones are there in YOUR town now?  Precious few!)

On the way to meet the bus tour, I had to hug a pillar box (for mail) just in case they become a vanishing artifact, like the red phone booths (after all, how many pay phones are there in YOUR town now? Precious few!) .  Yes, happy to be back in England!

As with my earlier posts, I’ll put most of the info in the photo captions as there are so many photos.

The English countryside, headed west from London to Bath.  Wales is in the distance.

The English countryside, headed west from London to Bath. Wales is in the distance.

In Bath, our guide had the bus stop at the top of the hill so we could walk down to the center of town.  He said these trees were planted July 4, 1776.  Not sure how they know that, but the ring of trees must date to about them.  They are in a circle in the center of Georgian homes on a circular area/park-let.

In Bath, our guide had the bus stop at the top of the hill so we could walk down to the center of town. He said these trees were planted July 4, 1776. Not sure how they know that, but the ring of trees must date to about then. They are in a circle in the center of Georgian homes on a circular area/park-let.

Our guide wanted us to see the view down to bath but also to see a quintessential Georgian “crescent” of homes.  These would have been for the well-to-do as they are tall.  Transport yourself to something Jane Austen-ish!

This neighborhood in Bath has been well-to-do for a good 300 years.

This neighborhood in Bath has been well-to-do for a good 300 years.

We then walked down the hill through town to the Roman Baths.  The building on the other side of the horde of tourists is the Roman baths.

We then walked down the hill through town to the Roman Baths. The building on the other side of the horde of tourists is the Roman baths.

Not sure of the date of this building, but obviously it isn't Roman.  But it was decorated incredibly beautifully with "classic" themed images.

Not sure of the date of this building, but obviously it isn’t Roman. But it was decorated incredibly beautifully with “classic” themed images.

One of the triangular panels beneath the dome--just love the artwork, the "fit the space" composition, the delicacy of the lines of the figure

One of the triangular panels beneath the dome–just love the artwork, the “fit the space” composition, the delicacy of the lines of the figure

Drum roll:  the Roman Baths.  A tad green, eh?  But folks have gone to take the waters and regain health in Bath for nigh on to 1700 years.  And The US of A  is scarcely 300 years including many colonial days...

Drum roll: the Roman Baths. A tad green, eh? But folks have gone to take the waters and regain health in Bath for nigh on to 1700 years. And The US of A is scarcely 300 years including most of our time as colonies…

Never one to miss a sewing opportunity or idea, however, I snapped this young woman's backpack with button pocket while at the baths.

Never one to miss a sewing opportunity or idea, I snapped this young woman’s backpack with button pocket while at the baths.

As always, I am fascinated with "how did they do that back then?"  This is a hollowed out brick used in creating an arch, with deep scored patterns to help the mortar stick.  My thought:  what a great rubbing that would make!

As always, I am fascinated with “how did they do that back then?” This is a hollowed out brick used in creating an arch, with deep scored patterns to help the mortar stick. My thought: what a great rubbing that would make!

And carvings.  Now can anyone tell me that whoever created E.T. (remember the movie, "phone home" and the trail of Reese's pieces?) had NOT seen this carving?

And carvings. Now can anyone tell me that whoever created E.T. (remember the movie, “phone home” and the trail of Reese’s pieces?) had NOT seen this carving?  It is TOTALLY E.T.!

A thousand years ago when I was in England in college I visited the baths, but I had not realized or remembered that the waters are WARM.  This interior waterfall that directs the mineral-laden water to the bathing pools clearly shows *how* warm!

A thousand years ago when I was in England in college I visited the baths, but I had not realized or remembered that the waters are WARM. This interior waterfall that directs the steaming mineral-laden water to the bathing pools clearly shows *how* warm!

And when I entered the room with this Green Man it simply took my breath away.  I KNOW they displays and museum weren't this good in 1978!

And when I entered the room with this Green Man it simply took my breath away. I KNOW the displays and museum weren’t this good in 1978!

Back outside of the baths is the Cathedral in Bath.  I hadn't realized that in England a city is a place that has a cathedral.  The rest are towns.  Makes it pretty straightforward, eh?  And as always, incredible artistry in the carvings.

Back outside of the baths is the Cathedral in Bath. I hadn’t realized that in England a city is a place that has a cathedral. The rest are towns. Makes it pretty straightforward, eh? And as always, incredible artistry in the carvings.

The next ones are for my dear friend Marie Z, who has a thing for angels:

On one of the towers of the Cathedral.  Note most of the angels are going up, but one is falling.

On one of the towers of the Cathedral. Note most of the angels are going up, but this shot of a portion of the tower shows how one is falling, too.

We were to meet the bus near to the Cathedral, where there was a park down by the river, with this beautiful angel.

We were to meet the bus near to the Cathedral, where there was a park down by the river, with this beautiful angel.

I loved the wings so much that I had to take this close-up.  And I must say, traveling with a digital camera and being able to take a gazillion shots, delete the flubs and not worry about how long one's supply of ten rolls of 36 negatives each would last, is really nice!  And being to see that you FLUBBED all the shots before you leave so you can take them again!

I loved the wings so much that I had to take this close-up. And I must say, traveling with a digital camera and being able to take a gazillion shots, delete the flubs and not worry about how long one’s supply of ten rolls of 36 negatives each would last, is really nice! And being to see that you FLUBBED all the shots before you leave so you can take them again!

Professor Slughorn's home

Professor Slughorn’s home.  Our next stop was a tiny town, Lacock.  Wikipedia entry here; the town dates from the 1200s and is now largely a National Trust property, but folks live in the old homes.  This is a more modern house on the outskirts of town and was in the Harry Potter movie with Prof. Slughorn (we wanted to do favorite books on this trip).

An intersection in Lacock; these homes are still lived in, with wiring and plumbing added 500+ years after they were built!

An intersection in Lacock; these homes are still lived in, with wiring and plumbing added 500+ years after they were built!

I took a number of photos of "chimney pots,"  often with birds. Love the feathers ruffled by the wind on this gray day.

I took a number of photos of “chimney pots,” often with birds. Love the feathers ruffled by the wind on this gray day.

In the Harry Potter films, this was Harry's parent's house when he was born.  Cool, eh?

In the Harry Potter films, this was Harry’s parent’s house when he was born. Cool, eh? (And look at those clouds!)

And one more typical street in Lacock.

And one more typical street in Lacock.

We had a pub supper here, then went on to Stonehenge, which will be my next England post.   It was an experience of a lifetime…AND I actually have a 2 minute video for you all when we walked near the stones.  It is so wonderful to re-live this trip–now I need to find time to SKETCH!  We were so busy doing so much on the trip that I scarcely lifted a pen or pencil.

 

by Sarah Ann Smith at September 30, 2014 06:27 PM

Sabrina Zarco

Self care and inspirational sacred spaces



Some days you just need to get away from it all and get centered. I have a spot in each state that I have lived in that brings me back to center. Now home is New Mexico and the place is el Santuario de Chimayo. For years I vacationed in New Mexico and always this place was on the list to visit. I am now so honored to live just a short drive from this sacred northern mountain sanctuary. 


There is a creek that guides you to the scared space making the sensory experience complete with the sound of water as it dances over the rocks. This place has grown over the years yet it still maintains a simple spiritual energy. For me its not about the type of religious space but more about a place of authentic spiritual centering filled with love and hope by most who visit.


The flowers were blooming this trip and provided a softness around the adobe buildings, stone sculptures and rock niches that adorn the grounds. 


The one time trailer makeshift kitchen has become a quaint building offering indoor and outdoor seating. The fresh mountain air mingles with the smell of tamales, green chile corn and other native New Mexico favorites. As we savored the historical recipes and nourished the body we reflected on the how this place does feed the soul and is good medicine in many ways.



There is a long history attached to this place and I can't tell you when I first became drawn to it. I just know I have left burdens, prayers, petitions, and given thanks on the grounds over the years. For me most of New Mexico holds a strong energy. A positive feast for the spirit. Its like a homecoming, a calling to be here. If you want to see more about Chimayo and the sacred space you can visit the website here http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.us



 Many visit from near and far to leave a prayer or petition for healing and light a candle. I left a request for healing and direction one year and it has been answered. I often bring or create a milagro of sorts to give thanks as many do each time I visit. 



The visual representation of commitment, thanks giving, requests for healing, and remembrance of those that have gone before us are evident in many ways on the grounds. These mementos adorn the trees, rocks, nichos, and fences on the land. They add to the positive energy and overwhelming feeling of love you experience in this space. 




A beautiful mosaic of St. Francis lover of animals and nature blesses my beloved Quincy. St. Francis and his poetry, love of nature, and how we are interconnected speaks strongly to my spirit. 



Over the years the rock structures seem to have organically grown from the ground. There are many spaces to honor loved ones and offer petitions and prayers along the land represented by many images and different languages.


We give and push each day to reach goals and some days end up feeling somewhat empty. Remember to recharge your spirit, breathe in and out, and stop to just listen and feel the energy around you. This beloved will fill you up mind, body, and soul so that you can get up and go again. Take a moment to be present if not every day then find a place and plan the visit to your soul often.  Self care is the most important care you can do.

by Sabrina (noreply@blogger.com) at September 30, 2014 02:29 PM

Olga Norris

Proofing

Yet another lovely dry day, and I'm thinking that I shall have to do some watering in the garden.  Meanwhile, today's task is proofing.  I have carved several linocuts, and want now to proof them in black just to see how happy I am with the design and the cutting. 
I have used newsprint for the proofs at this stage - with one exception.  I was curious as to how a print would look on scrunched cartridge paper.  This was a scrap from a previous experiment where I had scrunched paper onto which I had digitally printed some colour. (In my usual way I had scrunched and opened, scrunched and opened many many times, then ironed the paper flat.)
As expected, the lino print was broken up, as can be seen in contrast with the proof on newsprint - but I think it is an interesting effect nonetheless, and may find occasion to use scrunched paper in future.
By the way - my printing setup consists of underlayers of newspaper and newsprint, on top of which I put a piece I've cut from a sheet of Variera drawer mat from IKEA to stop any slipping of the top work layer which is a sheet of Perspex on which I ink.

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at September 30, 2014 01:57 PM

Margaret Cooter

That glazed look

The final stage for the colourful pots I made during the Contemporary Crafts course at City Lit in the summer - a morning of glazing. I brought along some other bit as well ... could it take 3 hours to glaze 2 pots?
Stoneware glazes set out, ready for use -
 and the colours they can produce -
Different colours obtainable with the earthenware glazes -

Pots and other bits, waiting for transformation by fire -


"...unusual........."

The porcelain plaque needs a cloud of thin wire threading through the holes

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 30, 2014 09:36 AM

Neki Rivera

you can tell it's getting cooler





more studio time! i am presently going through a flurry of pattern tracing, altering and eventually sewing. this pattern is tessutti's eva dress which i previously made this spring not an easy sew for  someone suffering from mild dislexia, but  a pleasure to wear. this time i am following this lead because i want a jumper for  fall-winter. i am picking some of my friends' brains because i want to use a *gifted knitted fabric*. more about that  tomorrow. today's  devoted to pattern altering and tracing. while at it i might consider tracing the lily dress as well. the future's calling me.



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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at September 30, 2014 08:00 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Picket Pin Road in the Beartooth Mountains

 The weather is still mild enough for getting outdoors, so we took the Honda Pilot and headed for this backcountry road called Picket Pin.  It is up the Stillwater drainage.  At Nye, turn toward the Buffalo Jump and follow the dirt road back through a ranch before climbing up into the mountains.  The road is in pretty good shape (compared to some we have driven in the Beartooths).

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 30, 2014 07:13 AM

September 29, 2014

Gerrie Congdon

SAQA Benefit Auction

skybluepink

It is the third week of the annual SAQA  auction of 12 X 12 quilts. The funds raised help support SAQA exhibitions, publications and education. This is my donation this year. it is created from my snow dyed fabric – cotton and cheese cloth with lots of hand stitching. I named it Sky Blue Pink.

Bidding starts at 2 pm eastern time today. There are many beautiful pieces by some luminaries in the art quilt world. Here is a link to take a look at them: 2014 SAQA Auction. The price is $750 today and goes down each day until Saturday, when you can pick up one for $75. I have always been fortunate to have mine purchased early in the bidding. But every year, I worry that mine will sit there until the end.

Hope you will go take a look and consider making a bid. I purchased this piece by Viviana Lombrozo in the first week of the auction. I can’t wait to receive it and check it out in person.

Lombrozo

by Gerrie at September 29, 2014 03:46 PM

Rayna Gillman

Monday morning catch up

I spent most of the last week making sure I had labels on all of my work and cutting sticks the right sizes for the ones that had not been exhibited yet.  Tomorrow, I hang my work for the exhibit that opens Oct 10. 

I was so exhausted that I spent Saturday napping - which I never do.  But by yesterday (Sunday) I had recovered enough to go into New York, planning to see a film that was not available in NJ. Unfortunately, the sound in the theatre was at 120 decibels -- so loud that it was painful. A request to turn down the sound was ignored, so we got our money back and left.  This is not the first time and I am officially done with movie theaters unless they are indie/boutique theaters like Film Forum, Lincoln Center, or the Angelika in NY. We have already crossed all large chain theaters off our list.  No film is worth the pain!
I did take a few photos as we wandered around midtown.

42nd St.   The crowds were almost impossible to get through.  This reminds me of when my son saw someone with a similar sign and bought him a bagel.  When he handed it to the person, the guy rejected it.  He really did not want food.  Can't speak for this man.

Walking east toward 5th Ave, a glimpse of the Chrysler Building --arguably the most beautiful and elegant in NY city.

And at 42nd and Park Ave, Grand Central Station.  Another beauty against a modern backdrop, at least from this angle. I love the juxtaposition.
Inside the station I took a couple of pictures but my flash didn't go on.


Off to the right, an empty space.  Amazing!

Walking back to the west side on 43th st, this was the sight on Broadway. I could have sworn that this now-police station used to be the TKTS  booth.    It is kind of cool that B'way is, for a few blocks, a pedestrian walkway.  But they really need to make it mrs user-friendly and attractive.  Oh well, nothing is perfect.


But for me, NY city is pretty close to perfect - with all its flaws.  Today, back to work.

by noreply@blogger.com (Rayna) at September 29, 2014 02:24 PM

Margaret Cooter

Houses, Amsterdam

Line your own canal with little ceramic houses
Where to start, with the hundreds of photos taken over the past week? Amsterdam is a very photogenic city, and we went to a lot of places and saw interesting things.

For my own record - and as a recommendation if you're planning to visit - here's a list of the places we visited, in no particular order -

- the Central Library is fabulous - seven airy floors of books and other collections - in a few minutes, you feel more "civilised" even if you don't actually pick up a book

- the Tropenmuseum is one of my favourites - ethnographic collections and good temporary exhibitions, currently by Jasper Krabbe

- Hortus Botanicus has been going for 375 years and has a very nice caf, as well as greenhouses and all sorts of other plants

- the Jewish Historical Museum currently has a fabulous photo exhibition, the Howard Greenberg collection ... but we didn't have time to see any of the museum itself

- Amsterdam Museum gives you, should you take time to read the labels and think about what you're seeing, a good history of the city, though those labels are rather heavy on the "city of prosperity and freedoms" message

- the Rijksmuseum is on everyone's list, of course - and aren't there a lot of guided tours there at any one moment! We spent most time in the "special collections", especially the ship models

- NEMO, the science museum, has lots of interactive activities for kids (and adults) but be warned, it's noisy and active!

- historic boat collection is along the quay beside Nemo - many of the boats are lived on - more big boats are along the quays of Java Island

- the Maritime Museum knocks the socks off the one in London - wonderful displays, lots of little videos explaining things, and the model ships include smaller boats with carefully-stitched sails

- cutting-edge photography exhibitions at Huis Marseilles and Foam

- modern and contemporary art at the Stedelijk Museum - the current exhibition is Marlene Dumas, and the caf is kept busy

- parks - Flevopark in the east, and Vondelpark just south of where we were staying - walking in these wonderful green spaces is very restorative, but as everywhere, you have to watch out for bikes

Now for some street scenery -
Leaning forward ... in anticipation of something?
Front garden!
Red lights, hmm...
Another forward-leaner ... Anno 1653, it says on the gable
In the roundels, twin wolves
Bring out the sofa from your houseboat if the the weather is fine
Note the accordion player, top left (it may help to click on the photo to enlarge it)

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 29, 2014 02:23 PM

Natalya Aikens

iron spine

A few weeks ago a reincarnation took place. Some of you might remember this piece. I created an artwork answering an opposites challenge and surprised myself by making it abstract. The work fit the challenge and was exhibited for a weekend at a quilt show. Then it came home and it wanted to become something else.
It's on it's way to becoming two something elses.... This is the first one, the second is still a work in progress.
Iron Spine © Natalya Aikens
I put a bird on it. Can you see it?
OK, OK..... I'll admit to my current love affair with fire escapes....
Really all it wanted was to be hand-stitched. With a fire escape and a bird in cotton embroidery floss.

And then it went and got itself into an exhibit. Come see it at Spun, October 17th to November 10th, with the opening reception on Friday, October 17th from 6 to 8PM.

by Natalya Aikens (noreply@blogger.com) at September 29, 2014 10:29 AM

Margaret Cooter

Discoveries and decisions at Studio136

Aha, a Plan B for the CQ Winter School, in case the folded maps don't turn up -
continuing with "The Journey to the Studio"

Moths got to my beloved red suede, silk-lined gloves ... can the holes be repaired in some audacious way?

The "olive" JQs from last year...

... and some JQ-sized pieces that vaguely resemble landscape ...

Their temporary home is between the artists books collection and the dyeing microwave

On the left, a JQ based on a spiked apple done by my young buddy Nod in the foundation course, 2009;
on the right, a collage made several years earlier by 90something Lucy Tristao of Brazil

"What was I thinking" department - the screen printing was fun but is ugly ...
I thought to rescue it (why?) by adding stitch, hence the wool backing pinned ready

Cuddly and colourful - made an a workshop with Karina Thompson, 2009

These might become cushion covers

These experiments are in the bin

These will never become chenille, but the one on the right might turn into a JQ

Paper and fabric collage made in a workshop with Cas Holmes, 2010;
I'd like to work further on this (at the upcoming CQ weekend, perhaps?)

More bits destined for further work 

And these are now in the "make into cushion covers" box

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 29, 2014 09:27 AM

Neki Rivera

and now on to sourcing buttons

top


finished top, quite happy with the outcome.  it hangs well although it looks a bit wonky in the photo because it has no buttons so it is pinned closed.don't know if i'll find the buttons i want: matte plastic squares.
the fabric is nice and crisp and the marriage of aizome and kakishibu zome yarns is a winner.
such pleasure of being in command of all the process from dye pot to final garment.i know; i'm missing spinning, but life's not getting longer.





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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at September 29, 2014 08:00 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

After School Boating

Last week we had grandson Airus with us while his mom spent the week in Portland in a class.
The weather was super warm (86 on this day), so we headed for Cooney Reservoir after picking him up from school.  We enjoyed a few hours on the water before heading back home.
The view from the boat ramp.

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 29, 2014 07:07 AM

September 28, 2014

Margaret Cooter

Street food, Amsterdam





Finally we stopped and bought one (pistachio)
And now for something completely different -
(french fries)

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 28, 2014 06:21 PM

Katherine Sands

kathy

Hello new readers! I have been teaching Mixed Media classes and trying my hand at natural dyeing. You simply must go on over to katherinesands.com/blog to see what has been going on this summer. Thanks for following and reading!

by kathy at September 28, 2014 04:18 PM

Cynthia St. Charles

Quilting Arts Surprise


The October / November 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine arrived and in it - page 44 - my quilt
"Cottonwood Reflection"!

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 28, 2014 06:52 AM

Gerrie Congdon

No Rest for the Weary

GECatNWExpo

Well, I am not that weary, but fortunately, I recovered from my sinus infection and taking care of M & M so that I could keep up with my busy schedule this past week. On Tuesday, I went out to the Expo Center to help hang the SAQA Oregon Show, Exploring Layers. On Wednesday, I was busy, busy doing my left brain SDA work. On Thursday, I went back out to the opening of NW Quilt Expo. I spent a couple of hours at the Columbia FiberArts Guild table, showing some member’s work and promoting the guild. Then, I gave a docent talk for the SAQA show. That is me with my quilt, Walking With Scooter and Mr. C. That quilt has really been getting around.

On Friday, I finally got to my studio to start some clean up and to work on my latest Printed Fabric Bee piece. The queen this month is Leslie Jennison who has asked for Urban Surfaces -think about layered textures of old walls, peeling paint, graffiti, etc., on building walls. I was trying to decide what piece of fabric to use as my base for printing and had an epiphany as I was falling asleep or waking up. (Always get my best ideas, then.) I had done some shibori folds on some cotton scarves that I bought from Darma. They looked horrible – what was I thinking horrible. Here is one of them, dampened and ready to be tortured some more. I will only say that my first step was to paint over the whole thing with diluted black Jacquard DynaFlow paint. I will show the final result in a few days.

 

whatwasithinkingscarf

Intermission: Time to stop, make dinner and go to the symphony.

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg played a violin concerto by Shostakovich. Fantastic concert.

And, I am back!

While at the quilt show, I found my favorite booth with hand-dyes from Maureen Schmidt – a friend from Sonoma County. I bought two packs of neutrals – one, warm and one, cool. High Fiber Diet has neutral as the theme for next year.

neutralfabrics1

neutralfabrics2

And I also found some Radiance (cotton/silk blend) in colors that will be perfect for the commission I am working on.

 

radiancefabrics

This is the gorgeous nuno felted backdrop that my friend, Maris Cavanaugh, made for the guild fashion show.

marisfeltedbackgroundLast, but not least, I finally got to use my new studio tool – an Oliso Smart Iron.

olisoiron

When it is plugged in, it pops up on it’s legs. When you hold it to iron, the legs disappear, but as soon as you let go of it, up it pops. It has a long cord and it goes off after 30 minutes when not in use, unlike most irons, which last for only 7 -8 minutes. I love its bright sunny color.

by Gerrie at September 28, 2014 05:27 AM

September 27, 2014

Kyra Hicks

Lolita Newman's Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War

Have you incorporated black work stitching into your quilt making?  Consider Southern California artist Lolita Newman's publication Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War.

The 96-page book includes instructions for seven quilts and six projects illustrating daily chores, family life and "the quest for freedom" experienced by enslaved African Americans during the 19th century.

You can also purchase individual block patterns from Ms. Newman's etsy store, Stitchin' by the River. Enjoy!


by Kyra (noreply@blogger.com) at September 27, 2014 07:30 PM

Terry Grant

This is a test

This is a Potuguese chimney. I have many more photo so post, but I seem to be having a problem.

 

 

by Terry Grant (noreply@blogger.com) at September 27, 2014 03:23 PM

Margaret Cooter

Usefully occupied in Amsterdam


Testing fire hoses


Dredging for bicycles

Filming an interview (two cameras running; it's all in the edit)

Mending the pavement

Milling about in the Rijksmuseum

Pre-concert drinks at the Concertgebouw (included in ticket price)

Being photographed among the 3D Night Watch 

Doing a little painting

Washing windows

Fishing on a windy day

Being lifted on board (some boats are so long they use bicycles to
get from end to end, but the cars are for use in port)

Tinkling the ivories in the foyer of the central library

Walking the dog

Exhibition-visiting (Marlene Dumas at the Stedelijk Museum)

Snoozing in the sun (or trying to)

Re-gilding bits of the Royal Barge - Tom van Loon was at the Maritime Museum for a week

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 27, 2014 09:55 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Red Randomly Pieced Scrap Quilt

It measures 53 x 90".  I think it will make a great adult sized nap quilt for someone tall.  I am not doing any quilting yet.  I still have more scraps to clear out.  On to the next color group!

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 27, 2014 06:00 AM

September 26, 2014

Olga Norris

Good to curl up with

I have recently received my marvellous copy of Random Spectacular 2
just in time to help me through a mild head cold.  (pic from here)

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at September 26, 2014 08:01 PM

Margaret Cooter

Reorganisation progress in Studio136

...the studio formerly known as Cloud Cuckooland - I feel real hope that it will be a place of joyous work again. Already I have sullied the whiteness of the pristine worktops, by doing a big drawing, and when it comes to the sorting of materials I'm trying to be more ruthless - for instance, yesterday my stash of coloured tissue paper was halved. Whether what's left is really needed is a question for consideration "later", in Phase 2.

The hunt is on for the folded maps project that I worked on at last year's CQ retreat - I'd like to continue with it this year, and have two weeks to find the safe place where I put it...

So the plan is to take every box and bag out of every cupboard, to open every drawer - put them on the vast expanse of clear surface, and SORT, touching each bit of paper or fabric only once. Is this possible? ... we'll see...

Today I came across some unexpected things.

First out of the box was the maquette for a silk wall hanging I made sometime in the 90s and sold at a Cloth&Stitch show held at the TUC building - ah, those were the days! - but I don't have a photo of the finished piece. The bits of tissue are coming off the backing, and I'd like to resurrect this, develop it in some way -
Next to it was a lidded box, which revealed scissors and threads that had belonged to the mother of a friend. Three friends have passed on to me their mother's sewing things - an honour and a responsibility, and much cause for thought -
Somewhat crumpled and still in its wrapping, Winter 2010 issue of The Quilter. It had arrived while I was absorbed in family matters in Canada, so I had a quick look through, enticed by the detail from a quilt by Lena Wik of Sweden -
 ... and found this image of a quilt by Elizabeth Brimelow, one of my favourite artists -
In among the sewing things (why?), this beautiful bowl by Mary Vigor, bought at Chelsea Craft Fair in the early 90s ... I used to buy something every year, support living artists, that sort of thing...

A traditionally-made wooden box from a jumble sale a very long time ago - it was empty, what to keep in it? -
 A battered tin box containing a collection of sewing kits and a pincushion made for me by my pre-teen son. Apart from the pincushion, and even that's a "maybe", I'm ready to let go of this - any takers?
 The box has a vintage pic of the Royal Yacht Britannia -
 This next item was a surprise, and more cause for thought - it dates back to some workshop or other, definitely last century. Laying out the cards, I could see some I'd move to other categories now -
 Photos of my parents round about the age of 80 - my mother's hair never did go grey - and a note from "chocolate auntie" who sent parcels of Ritter Sport from Germany before it was available in the UK -
Silk bags made from a pattern in the Omiyage book ... and in the canisters, film rolls from the half-frame Olympus family camera, 1960s -
Another collection, from a 1995 trip to Moscow and St Petersburg - of Soviet toilet paper! -
Embroidery from last century - I took chinese characters and split them up, then embroidered the shapes solidly with silk threads. The presentation leaves much to be desired ... I'll rework these somehow -
In a basket behind a box, a collection of little clothespegs and lots of pins ... and some yummy beads -
At the end of the session, a happy feeling to see things put away but available when needed -
Two "secrets" of reorganisation: clear (see-through) storage, and labels.

Also found, a scrap of paper with this quote -

"Every creative act involves a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief." - A Koestler

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 26, 2014 05:45 PM

Natalya Aikens

friday in the studio

Yesterday I did a bit of organizing in the old studio, and if you follow my artist page on Facebook, you might have seen this shocking post: Somehow I have seven (7!!!) artworks in different stages of completion... usually it's not more than 2 or 3. Guess I'd better get to work!

OK, so the "shocking" part is tongue firmly planted in cheek. But I am a bit overwhelmed by the seven. The problem is that I like all of them enough to continue working on them. How do I prioritize??? Aaack!

Thought I'd share a few peeks here:
1. This piece called Electric Spring debuted at my solo exhibit, but I deemed it unfinished this summer and have been adding tiny stitches ever since...
2. This is Early Spring and and the story is the same as above... adding sparkly French knots...
3. I started this Cathedrals piece back in May, progressed a bit and stopped due to general life craziness.
4. This is the beginnings to the companion piece to the above. Ahem. Subject is chosen and materials are gathered. That's it.
5. This is the fourth in the City Love Affair series. Shockingly I last reported about it in December! I have done quite a bit and probably shared more photos on Instagram, but haven't worked on it since spring. Sad I know.
6. This is a companion piece to one I finished a few weeks ago, but was too busy to share, but I promise I will soon! Both pieces are the next reincarnation of this piece.
You might have noticed only six photos. That's because I'm saving the seventh for next week.... That's right - a cliffhanger!!

by Natalya Aikens (noreply@blogger.com) at September 26, 2014 03:03 PM

Margaret Cooter

Street scenes, Amsterdam



Kids' conveyance


The end of the afternoon


Waiting for the tram

The green line is marked at intervals with distances. We encountered these plucky
joggers again at the start of the track and the end of their run 

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 26, 2014 09:32 AM

Neki Rivera

equinoctial splendor







 あき の 京都


there's a new crispness in the air.
enjoy the first fall weekend.






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by noreply@blogger.com (neki desu) at September 26, 2014 08:00 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Red Scraps Come Together

 By now, I have several very large sections that I am hoping I can fit together into one larger sized quilt.  Not sure how big this one will be, but maybe I can make it a twin or adult nap size quilt.


At this point, I have three large sections, and I still have some scraps.  I wonder if I can just add more to the two side panels and then sew the three together.

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 26, 2014 06:00 AM

September 25, 2014

Rayna Gillman

L'Shana Tova

Translation from the Hebrew: "for a good year."  It's what those of us who celebrate Rosh Hashanah wish each other.  I always begin the holiday by having dinner here for my kids and grands, preceded by cooking and baking for several days.  After all, what is a holiday without food???  Brisket, noodle kugel,and this year I roasted two chickens: one with pomegranate and mint and the other with orange juice, honey, and cumin.  Multiple desserts, wine, and lots of laughter and noise.  No pix of food, but I managed to take a few of the grandkids before the evening was over.

Josh, Ben, and David at the table.

Emma with Jake.  Notice her fake smile.

Emma with Josh -- another fake smile.

This morning I am cleaning up the dishes and pots from last night and then sewing sleeves and labels for the rest of the day.  With the Jewish New Year, autumn has arrived with rain, making everything look extra green as the trees are also beginning to don their red dresses.
Enough of this idle chit-chat.  Off to find a needle and thread to sew those missing sleeves...

by noreply@blogger.com (Rayna) at September 25, 2014 01:34 PM

Margaret Cooter

At the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam

In the museum shop
The Tropenmuseum's wonderful ethnography collection is based on Dutch colonial history, eg Indonesia and Suriname ... it's one of my favourite places in Amsterdam. I first visited it with my son when he was 12, and the displays have really been updated in the decades since then, within the constraints of a 19th century building. 

This time, we spent a lot of time in a photographic exhibition, Masters of Photography, and saw the film of how Steve McCurry found "the Afghan girl" ... which you can see on youtube. 

Last time the museum had a big exhibition on the colour red - what a simple idea, and how amazing it was, so many objects drawn from the rich collection (175,000 objects and 485,000 other items). This time, a well-known (but new to me) artist called Jasper Krabbé had gone down into the storage area and found dozens of objects of all sorts which he grouped into nine "rooms" - without labels - so you simply looked at the objects, rather than found out about them. His own drawings and paintings were mixed in and everything was very nicely set out. I took zillions of photos in "Soulmade", but resisted buying the "catalogue". The show, which is on till 25 January 2015, reminded me of Grayson Perry going into the vaults of the British Museum to assemble his "Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman" show in 2012.

Krabbe's installation was rich and diverse and beautifully grouped, often on and in shelves and plinths of plywood - 









Krabbe's drawings on pages of ancient sketchbooks are a counterpoint
to textile samples mounted long ago onto paper




My favourite - a casava grater, dozens of nails hammered into a board.
The small objects in the foreground remind me of Shelagh Wakely's wire-encased fruit

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 25, 2014 09:27 AM

Poetry Thursday - poem on a wall by Margerite Luitwieler


Seen from the tram in Amsterdam, a poem by Margerite Luitwieler, an example of "Sprekende Muren" (more and better photos here).

The Dutch version, from her website:

Ik heb ze lief,
de plekken waar het tocht
wanneer je er de bocht
omgaat.
Geef mij maar de achterkant
van huizen en gebieden
waar elke groene spriet
omringd door scheve stenen
de droge grond uitschiet.
Het onbedoeld gemaakt gebied

The English translation, courtesy of Google ... it could do with some improvement! -

I love them,
the places where the journey
when you bend
handles.
Give me back
of houses and fields
where every green blade
Surrounded by crooked stone
gouging the dry ground.
Unintentionally made ​​area

Perhaps there's scope within the slippage of translation for finding your own poetic meaning?

Born in 1960, Margerite Luitwieler studied fine art during the 1980s. Her paintings have been purchased by Delft and Amsterdam municipalities, and other collections. She has been exhibiting since 1987 and her poetry has been published since 2000. As well, she has worked as a docent and gastdocent in various museums.

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 25, 2014 09:19 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Big Blocks of Warm Colored Scraps

 Here are a couple of large blocks of scraps.  Once I get to this point, I start putting them up on the design wall so I can more easily see when I have pairs that fit together and can judge what shapes I need to make to fill in.....

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 25, 2014 06:00 AM

September 24, 2014

Terry Grant

Sevilla

"Sevilla" = what in the English language we call Seville. It has always seemed odd to me that in English we change the names of some cities and countries and not others. If I ruled the world we would only use the place names that the people living there use, regardless of our own language. Say-VEE-ya Is such a much more lovely sound than Suh-VIL, in my opinion. And it is such a lovely city, it deserves to be sung, if all things were equal.

Where to begin? So grand, so rich, so charming—Sevilla has my heart. First off, just look at these accommodations.

This was our Airbnb apartment, just a few blocks from the cathedral and almost everything we wanted to see and do. It was beautiful.

Here's the cathedral—the largest in Spain and very old and historic. It was built on the ruins of a mosque after the Moors were driven out. The bell tower was the minaret, with bells added.

We were not able to tour the cathedral itself, but climbed to the top of the bell tower and took a gazillions pictures from every level. It was stunning.

One morning we took a walking tour with our terrific guide Alfonso, and got a great feel for the spirit of the city.


Cervantes statue

Moorish influence in the architecture

This is the symbol of Sevilla. It is a kind of rebus that means "Sevilla has not forsaken me" and is attributed to King Alfonzo X, in thanks for Sevilla's loyalty. The character that looks like an 8 is a skein of wool.
 
On our own, we visited Plaza de Espana, a grand plaza that was built for the 1929 World Exposition.

And we saved a full afternoon for the Alcazar, the beautiful Moorish Palace and gardens. It is still used as a part time residence for the Spanish royalty and is closed to the public when they are in residence. We were lucky to be there at a time it was open. Incredibly beautiful and peaceful. If I were the queen I would live there all the time.


Ray lost in the labyrinth garden at the Alcazar.

I took so many photos in Sevilla, I hardly knew what to share here. It is a wonderful city. Put it on your list! It is a city of quiet, peaceful mornings and evenings filled with wine and music and glorious food. A rich past and a vibrant culture. People seem happy here! I think they have it figured out.

 

 

 

by Terry Grant (noreply@blogger.com) at September 24, 2014 04:07 PM

Olga Norris

Studio still life scan

I was looking at a piece of wood I found in the garden and wondering which way up to keep it.  The flattest edge, on which it most obviously should sit, is so interesting.  This got me wondering about the bottoms of other bits and bobs that are around my work spaces. 
And I decided to sit them all on the scanner, as they would sit on my shelves, and photograph their normally hidden side.
1 is a piece of flint from the garden, which is full of them,
2 is the inside of a small shell from the beach in Nice, France,
3 is a tassle with beads which I made years ago on a machine embroidery course at the Embroiderers' Guild in Hampton Court (I have never had the need to make another one),
4 is a basket I was given in Indonesia when I was working there,
5 is a dried thistle flower head from Corinth, Greece,
6 is a stone from the Northumbrian coast, NE England,
7 is a ball of fibre, a present from a young friend,
8 is a basket made by a friend in New Hampshire, USA,
9 is the piece of wood which spurred this exercise,
10 is a twist of bark from a tree in Zimbabwe, picked up in the botanic gardens, but I did not find the name of the tree
11 is a silver and enamelled pill box from my Greek grandmother
12 is a bone ornament from Zimbabwe,
13 is a piece of coral which I found on Vigie beach in St Lucia, East Caribbean when I was teaching a workshop in a hotel right there.
14 is a shell from Oxwich Bay, Gower, Wales

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at September 24, 2014 03:28 PM

Virginia A. Spiegel

Water over Rock and Junk Mail

rockwaterlastweb

Still waiting on the new studio windows and still working on the new Boundary Waters artwork about sun on water, water over rock.  This was taken with the piece laying flat on my sewing table.  You can see that I want texture from raised and loose edges.

 

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Also still going on the coffee cup image for my six-inch square collages for the Junk Mail Art Collective on Facebook.  This is “Many.”

by Virginia at September 24, 2014 01:00 PM

Cynthia St. Charles

Sewing Scraps Together

 My process with random scraps is to just begin sewing pieces together.  When one piece runs out, I just put another one on and in this way, will end up with a lot of different fabric pairs in a wide range of sizes.   I iron these strip sets open and then proceed to sew pairs together, often turning to sew a strip set across the end or another, but I change it up as often as possible so I end up with a lot of different configurations.  Below - I have a lot of  rectangular shaped parts spread out on the ironing table.  These, will now be matched up for size and when I find two that fit together somehow, I will stitch again.
The best thing about this process - why I like working this way is I never know what I will end up with - the element of surprise is very motivating!

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 24, 2014 05:00 AM

September 23, 2014

Olga Norris

Beautiful objects

I wonder, will our postcards and letters be treasured as the tablets found at the Roman fort of Vindolanda are?  And what will the future archaeologists think when written communication on paper stops in the 21st century?  Although I greatly appreciate and use email, I do regret the passing of paper communication.  I still write epistles by hand, choosing cards which I hope will please the recipient, but receive very few in return now. 
Vindolanda tablet TVII-120 © Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and Trustees of The British Museum
On my course today I was delighted to be provided with this link to the Vindolanda tablets excavated at Hadrian's Wall, and their translations.  How beautiful they are as objects as well as a fascinating glimpse into how like us the folks who wrote them were.  And handmade marks of communication are rather like faces: they pull our attention and our curiosity.

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at September 23, 2014 10:07 PM

Margaret Cooter

Tube life

He got off at Baker Street, half lifting, half dragging the beanbag

They got off at Camden ... she had strings of pearls looped in her hair

by Margaret Cooter (noreply@blogger.com) at September 23, 2014 09:26 AM

Cynthia St. Charles

Scraps of Red

Weather is starting to cool off quite a bit and we are home more.  This is the time of year that I find difficult - shifting from outdoor play to indoor studio time.  I am finding this time with scraps is productive and inspiring.  I sorted out all the warm colored fabric scraps and will see what happens with them.....

by Cynthia St Charles (noreply@blogger.com) at September 23, 2014 06:00 AM

September 22, 2014

Olga Norris

Something new

I very much enjoy the process of learning, of following my curiosity, and uncovering new questions to ask.  My previous career in publishing gave me constant opportunities to pursue such activity, but now for some time I have been relying on my reading - mostly, though not exclusively of art books.  I do miss that more general input, and so I decided to try an online course.
I heard about FutureLearn courses on the radio during a programme which was describing a collaboration between the BBC and FutureLearn.  I was not particularly interested in that particular course, but the idea of such courses intrigued me.  So I have signed up for courses on archaeology: the first, on Hadrian's Wall begins today.  The courses are free, and there is no pressure on how much or how little the participant does - that suits me fine.
Image above from here, where you can see more photos of the wall
I have also signed up for three other archaeology courses, all under water.  I shall see how I progress through the first course before I get too enthusiastic.
This does not mean that I am giving up the stitching nor the printing - I am simply exploring more divers inputs.

by Olga Norris (noreply@blogger.com) at September 22, 2014 04:06 PM