Monday, August 22, 2016

Circular Abstractions -- Opening Thursday!

See you there!

I'm Designing for VIDA

Several months ago, I received an email from VIDA asking if I would allow them to use a few of my designs on their clothing.  I wasn't familiar with VIDA, so I set it aside for further consideration.  And promptly forgot about it.

Then, a week or so ago, they reached out to me again.  And I finally took the time to look at their website and their products.  What I found out blew me away.  VIDA is a global collaboration of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan.  They offer beautiful, original products made in accordance with high ethical standards.  And, best of all, part of the proceeds is used to create literacy programs for the makers.

This video explains it better than I can:
Anyway, VIDA asked me for permission to use pictures of my work, my geometric patterns, on their products.

Incredible, huh?  How could I pass up an opportunity to make my quilts into wearable, beautiful products?  And to also benefit the makers?  I couldn't!

So last weekend I went through my portfolio and selected a few pieces I thought might work.

THE SALT MARSH NEAR FIRST ENCOUNTER BEACH:

If you've read my blog before, you know I am fascinated by the Salt Marshes of Cape Cod.  This piece is an abstraction of a photograph I took last fall.  I can't wait to see what this looks like on a scarf (I've already purchased one and am waiting to see it!)

 STRING THEORY:

I made this piece after attending a lecture by Professor Stephen Hawking.  Did I understand even a fraction of what he said?  Of course not!  But the image of strings of particles zinging off into space stayed with me.

TUNING FORK #11 (Detail):

I love the red/gray palette of this piece.  Especially the red.  So I cropped the original photo to emphasize the red.
All three of these scarves are printed on 100% modal fabric and are $40 each.

TUNING FORK #11 (FULL):



VIDA also offers other types of clothing and accessories.  I am admittedly a bit scarf mad, but I wanted to see how one of my patterns would look on a blouse.  Well, I love it!
I'm really thrilled to introduce this collection to you.  Simply click here to buy any one (or more) of these pieces, and don't forget to use the codes below to get a discount.  

I can't wait to receive my own!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Another Challenge and Another Victory!

My fiber art group, studioQ, met on Monday, and it was time to unveil our latest masterpiece challenge pieces.  The inspiration painting, chosen by Rhonda, was by Henri Matisse, Landscape at Collioure, 1905.
Our group, as usual, showed a great deal of creativity in the interpretation of this painting.  Here they are, laid out on the table:
studioQ is the BEST!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Live Your BRIGHTEST Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella

I'm thrilled to have been accepted into "Live Your BRIGHTEST Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella". This is my piece, "Joy!" It will be on display at “Quilting in the Garden” at Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore, CA. Sept 24-25 as well at at Craft Napa in January, 2017. 
My piece will be sold to benefit Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), an organization I love and that was founded by Yvonne Porcella.
Thank you, Pokey Bolton for organizing this tribute to a very special lady.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A Few More Finishes

I thought I'd post a few more of the masterpiece challenge quilts that I have finished.  To be honest, I just quilted two of them this morning.  But it is fun to see the original inspiration piece next to my interpretation.  So here goes.

The first is a piece by David Bates, a Dallas painter.
My version:
Blue Bouquet, 15"w x 20"h
Next is a piece by Gustave Caillebotte, "The Yerres, Effect of Rain."  The Kimbell Museum of Fort Worth hosted a Caillebotte retrospective earlier this year, and Jay fell in love with it.
I don't usually attach things to my quilts, but I couched circles of ribbon to represent the patter of the rain.
Rain on the River, 15"w x 20"h
Next is a painting by George Stubbs, "Whistlejacket":
As an abstract artist, I wasn't sure what to do with this piece.  And then I decided to make an abstracted, semi-sort-of-cubist, horse.  Slashing it a few times with the rotary cutter helped immensely.  So if you look closely at my piece, very closely, and use a great deal of imagination, you can sort of see a horse.  Perhaps if you squint a bit...
Sort of a Horse, 15" w x 20"h
The last one is inspired by a painting by Piet Mondrian from the permanent collection of the Kimbell.  It is called "Abstraction."

This one grew a little beyond the standard challenge size.  And, yes, it is composed of tuning fork units. But they are deconstructed.  
"T" With Mondrian, 22"w x 28"h
The masterpiece challenge has been just that, a challenge.  I had decided at the beginning of the challenge that I would use the palette of the chosen piece of art.  I try hard not to make a literal copy of the painting, but instead I look at the piece and pull out elements that I like and try to use those as the structure of my composition.  Are all successful?  No, but they are a great learning experience and it has been a lot of fun.

 I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall FridayFriday Fabric Frenzy and Confessions of a Fiber Addict. Go see all the wonderful work there!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Joy of Quilting

I'm in the middle of the longest stretch of time I'll be at home this year.  6 weeks.  I'm trying to make the most of it by spending a great deal of time in my studio.  Bliss!

Some of you may know that I "love" to piece, "like" to quilt and "hate" to bind.  So in the fits and starts of time I've had in the studio this year, I have mostly pieced.  Consequently, the pile of tops has reached gargantuan proportions.  It was time to bite the bullet and work through the pile.

So I've been mostly quilting during the day and sewing on facings in the evenings.  And there is great satisfaction in the finishing of pieces.  Who knew?

Well, to be honest, I suppose most of you knew that.  But it's something I forget when I'm caught up in the joy that piecing brings me.

Anyway, I've been home three weeks.  While I spent some time piecing a large mineral thin section quilt, I've spent the majority of my time quilting.  So I thought I'd show you a few of the pieces I've finished.

The first is a quilt I called, coincidentally, "Joy".  Piecing makes me very very happy.  And I love bright colors, bold shapes and lines.  So making this quilt was an act of pure joy.
Joy, 30"w x 44" h
I made the next piece for the Yvonne Porcella "Living Your Brightest Life" exhibit.  I only met Yvonne once, but her work influenced my early forays into art quilting.  "Joy #2" is an expression of my love of color and my admiration for a wonderful, talented woman.
Joy #2, 18"w x 26" h
Many of the unfinished tops in the pile are studioQ challenge pieces.  You may remember that each month one of the members selects a work of art to use as inspiration in creating a 15" x 20" piece.  The piece for August is by Matisse, Landscape at Collioure, 1905.  The original picture is:
My version:
What should I call it?
Yesterday I quilted three pieces from an earlier challenge.  The original picture was Van Gogh's Chair:
This color palette really appealed to me, so I made three pieces.  Sort of "Chair in a blender"-ish...
Chair #1, #2 and #2, each 15"w x 20"h
Today I've loaded the very large mineral quilt I plan to enter in an exhibit at the end of the month.  So, enough talk.  It's time to get to work!



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

I've been silent, but busy...

I've been silent for too long.  But I have a very good reason.

I have been hard a work on a quilt that I plan to enter in Quilt National, the most prestigious of the art quilt shows.  Quilt National is unique in that it discourages disclosure of your work before the show opening.  It used to strictly forbid it, but this year the rules are slightly relaxed.  However, old habits die hard, and I am choosing to keep my entry secret until it is no longer relevant (I either get accepted or rejected.)

But that doesn't mean that I haven't been working periodically on other pieces.  I just finished quilting and facing two of the mineral quilts.
Rutile, 49" x 35"
Schist #1, 52" x 54"
And I've made several smaller pieces, not yet quilted.  The studioQ challenge is ongoing, and I've been producing a small piece every month based on an established work of art.

I've also been working a bit in the garden (just a bit, it's very hot in Texas in July), cleaning out cupboards in the kitchen, playing bridge, visiting with friends.  At the moment, everything is on schedule and deadlines have been met, so I'm having a very lovely summer.  It's a wonderful feeling to be caught up, and dare I say, even ahead of schedule.

Happy summer to all of you!

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