have a great weekend
|The makings of a monoprint session - all on paper so far|
|A "drawn" print - and its ghost print|
(couldn't resist using neon)
|Trying to focus on a set of marks|
|Demo of stencils plus drawing|
|A series of fabric prints (I have patchwork plans for these...)|
|This doesn't look at all promising...|
|... but it found a place in my group of "made objects"|
(more staples than stitches were used in construction)
|Elsewhere, at the end of the day...|
|... and these too|
|This one gets the "yes it's definitely a textile" prize!|
Photo by Karen Stiehl Osborn
The best part of any retreat is to do something NEW and FUN! It was a very productive week at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City with Karen Stiehl Osborn and Von Biggs. As you can see above, working bigger was definitely high on my “why not try it just for fun” list.
This is a detail of a big artwork I painted on a 10.5′ by 4.5′ piece of fabric I stitched together from some big chunks of Kona cotton, muslin, and offcuts from other work. This is a piece that I’m probably going to take forward, but perhaps as two separate artworks. Definitely landscape on my mind.
I really tried to stay away from screen printing since that’s been my focus for the past two years. But I just had to break out my fav screen to work on a big piece of Lutradur. Detail photo.
I hope to add new artwork to the Boundary Waters series. I’m always inspired by my sister’s and my adventures in that great wilderness of water, tree, rock. I painted a lot of similar sized pieces in very earthy tones and then threw caution to the wind and monoprinted on top to add that much needed element of emotion. Again, a detail photo above as I hope to finish some of the artworks in this grouping with stitching.
IN SUMMARY – Much experimenting, much hard work, much laughter (the biggest moo-latte ever, really???). You really can’t ask for more than that. Thanks to the KHN Center for the Arts for the space to create and to Karen and Von for the sharing of materials and a most convivial atmosphere in which to work.
NOTE: If you are curious about my paints, techniques, etc. for fabric painting, please visit this blog post for more technical info. And here are a series of three posts about painting 200 yards of fabric during an artist’s residency,
|my day's work|
|elsewhere in the room|
|a fab frame - resulting from the drawing of a knobbly, spiky twig|
|Mixed fabrics - the dark colour is metallic organza|
|Once dipped, the fabric must be re-formed|
|Flat pieces, stitched, gathered, steamed, released|
|Close-up, threads left in (10cm high)|
|Underneath, the porcelain puddles and sand from the firing tray sticks|
|Netting has kept its fragile detail|
|Folded paper, heavily stitched|
It was a beautiful day today and so, after church and some mega grocery shopping, I headed to the studio to print some fabric for a special project. (seen above) I don’t have AC there and it is too hot to work there on most summer days.
I found a piece of fabric on which I had done some previous printing – think if was discharged. I used one of my stencils and daubed on some red paint.
Then, just for fun, I spatter painted with white paint.
It was fun to spend some time in my studio. I sort of cleaned up from the quilting frenzy for the blue show.
Speaking of the blue show, the Blue Picasso Woman was juried in but not the sky blue pink piece. I was not surprised. I rushed that and I knew that the dyed cheese cloth was too centered. So, here is my plan. When I get it back I am going to do a major crop on the top and also some on the bottom and redo the flying geese. I think I can get it ready to enter into a different show.
On Friday, Mr C and I drove my 3 quilts up to Tacoma to The American Art Company for the exhibit which opens on August 16th. I had to add sleeves to the bottom with slats so that they will hang better, I guess. It was kind of a pain.
I hope I can get up for the reception on the 16th. The gallery is very spacious, and I have seen the show in the past and it looked great. Quilt Knit Stitch is happening that week and Kristin LaFlamme, one of the Twelves and my art quilt daughter is coming for the week. She has one of her Army Wife Aprons in a show here in Portland. It was curated by Marci McDade, the SDA Journal editor. Just before that, we are going to CA to hang out with Paige for a few days.
I have 3 exhibit receptions in August! The Simply Red show is opening in Newport down on the Oregon Coast, the Columbia Fiber Arts exhibit, Fiber Inspirations, is opening here in town at the ArtReach gallery and then the exhibit in Tacoma. Pretty cool!
|Colour still shows through the fresh layer of white|
|"Tivoli" by Gillian Ayres (via)|
|More prints by Gillian Ayres|
|More of Winifred Nicholson's flower paintings|
Today it is my turn on the Dinner@8 blog which is profiling the artists in this year’s juried invitational exhibit, Reflections. Please do click on the link to read their interview with me! Fittingly, it is also Eli’s first Cross Country practice (to his dismay at 7:30 am!) of the season. Why? Because my quilt this year is of Eli’s 2013 Cross Country season:
Four years ago, I created a portrait of Joshua for the Beneath the Surface exhibit also created by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison, the artists behind Dinner@8.
This year it was Eli’s turn to have a portrait done at the same age. The theme this year was Reflections, and for once I didn’t want to do something literal. I’ve always loved looking at children and seeing features from their parents in them, as well as getting to know them and seeing bits of personality that come from their families. With Eli, he has brains (from both of us but I’ll take credit), athletic prowess (totally from his dad!), determination (stubbornness? we’re both guilty on that one), the broad shoulders of my dad and brothers. So Eli is running headlong into his future, a Reflection of his past and a hint of his future.
At long last, I’m happy to share with you some in progress photos, too. First I had to take reference photos (since I can’t remember all the angles!). There were decisions to make: head on? from behind (since he’s usually at the front of the pack)? sideways? On the Camden Hills course or not? Scale and composition….
I knew I wanted to have him running on the home course, which is why I took these photos:
I decided to use a photo of Eli running from Festival of Champions, coming around a corner at about the same angle they run into the forest in the photos above. So I first worked on creating Eli, then I designed a background similar to the photos above. The path and trees were easy, but getting a middle-ground in the right scale for the ferns and whatnot at the edge of the path proved tricky without an actual photograph (by this time it was mid-winter and covered with snow, so couldn’t go take another look).
Then it was time to dye the fabric to match the photo of him in his Camden Hills uniform. Thank heavens I’ve taken those Carol Soderlund classes–I got the right color the first time:
The remainder of the fabric got used in this quilt:
So now it is time to go dye fabric for another quilt! Do surf over to the Dinner@8 blog to read their interview with me and the other artists in this year’s Reflections exhibit.
|My theme started out as Labyrinths ... and was modified by whim and "found marks"|
|Monoprints on paper|
|... and on fabric|
|A collection - I was trying to be adventurous, starting with the light yellow, and found|
it needed a lot of "layering" to knock it back
|The drawn marks are a loose adaptation of the maps|
|They worked really well on some deconstructed linen trousers|
|After the stencils have been laid on the rolled-out ink and printed on paper, they are lifted off and the fabric printed|
|The brayer helps transfer all the remaining ink to the fabric|
|On other prints, using my hand to smooth the fabric onto the ink resulted in some |
mysterious dark marks - which turned out to be caused by my ring
|Nice heavy paper will make this useful for endpages of the floppy books|
|Wolfgang started a scroll|
|Michelle combined forest-inspired prints into a book|
|Lisa printed onto sleeves ...|
|... and bravely grappled with insertion stitches|
|Jeannie's delicate piece is based on poppy stems with their tiny, glowing bristles|
- it brought to mind a print by Gego in the RA's "Geometries" show
|The papers are bondawebbed onto fabric|
|Lots of pages ready to add to fabric, or to both sides of "mazes"|
Of late I have been busy with many things, one of which is Sketchbook Skool, an online cast of a gazillion students and, each term, six different teachers. This past week’s lesson was with Brenda Swenson, and the use of single colors of watercolor on paper, letting them mix and play has been a revelation. Since my last post, about the new Series 1400 of Quilting Arts TV, featuring little ol’ me in three episodes talking about making a quick bag as a gift, machine quilting, and correct needles/thread, was the last post, I thought I’d continue with the Series 1400 theme, creativity and inspiration. (To see the information on the series and the ongoing bloghop, please click here to read about the series and visit all the creative, inspiring bloggers who just happen to be guests on this season!).
To begin at the beginning, we were to do a contour drawing, 3 minutes, of an item. Then 6 minutes for two items, and 10 minutes for three. Here’s what I did in my “everyday” sketchbook, which happens to be a Stillman & Birn Epsilon, 7 x 10 inch size. This sketchbook has a hot press finish, about 100-lb paper; they are available at Binders Art Supply in Atlanta (google up the website) and Dick Blick (ditto), among other places. I didn’t know where I put my Tombow marker (water soluble), so decided to use my Flex Nib (Noodler’s Creaper pen) fountain pen with R&K Alt Goldgrun ink (LOVE); both pen and ink came from the wonderful Goulet Pens. (Note: I’m not advertising, just anticipating questions!)
Today, I rushed a bit and the pitcher is seriously tipsy, but I’m pleased, especially with the way the reds and black merged on the label on the bottle. And the more I practice / make art, the more I am embracing the idea that I do not need to be absolutely freakin’ perfect, that the wobbles and imperfections are what give something individuality, just as our handwriting varies from those cursive letters above the blackboard back in second grade.
Notice the difference between this page and the one at the top–what a difference a little “framing” makes! And I LOVE that green ink!
And for more inspiration, I just had to add this. Last night thunderstorms rolled in, so of course we lost satellite signal and everything started to pixillate. Immediately I tried taking a photo with my iPad (on which I was trolling FB or playing solitaire), but the camera just c ouldn’t capture the incredible colors. So I dashed madly for the camera in the next room and got this photo at the last second before the picture returned to normal. THIS is inspiration…aren’t these colors glorious? I’m not much of one to enjoy abstract art, but this is enough to make you want to grab tubes of paint, several palette knives and go to town.
So that’s my life the past 48 hours (plus helping to hang the quilts for Maine Quilts, the annual quilt show here). Art and inspiration! And check out my previous post (link above) if you’d like to scope out the bloghop for the new Series 1400 of Quilting Arts TV, featuring yours truly in three episodes!
As for sketching and watercolors and contour drawings, I have a lot to learn, but it is so much fun, and it inspires me to make more art, including of the textile kind!