Saturday, February 11, 2017

Another Goal Met!

VOLCANO!,  32"w x 48"l, 2017
I have been a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) for something like ten years.  It's a wonderful organization, dedicated to promoting the art quilt, and providing networking, professional development and educational opportunities to its members.  One of the most exciting things about SAQA is their strong exhibition program, giving members the chance to show their art quilts all over the world.

It has been a goal of mine to get juried into one of the shows.  I've tried three times, but the fourth time was the charm!  My quilt, VOLCANO!, was chosen for the Textile Posters show that will debut at the Houston International Quilt Festival next November.

I am thrilled!  My work is usually very abstract, but for this call I wanted to do something more graphic and representational.  So here are a few process pictures.  And yes, before someone asks, you can see bits of a large black and white quilt behind the volcano.  I had to finish the volcano before I went back to it -- it had a tighter deadline.  So I just hung a piece of white fabric over the black and white monster.

First, I built the center core.  You can see I've stayed firmly in my palette comfort zone -- love those hot colors!
I pieced the volcano:
And then I pieced the background.  
And added a pyroclastic plume.
 And finally, I quilted it.
I am thrilled to have gotten into my first SAQA exhibition.  Now I'm back to work on the black and white monster!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Circular Abstractions Opening at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio!

Circular Abstractions: Bull's Eye Quilts
Feb. 4- April 23, 2017
Nancy Crow, Curator
Decorative Arts Center of Ohio
Lancaster, Ohio
(Click the photo for more information)
Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts, a touring exhibition organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, showcases some of the best machine-piecing and quilting being done today. The juried, invitational exhibition features 51 quilts by an array of artists that improvise around the Bull’s Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt maker Nancy Crow. The artists were challenged to create artworks that stretched the possibilities of the machine-pieced quilt and conveyed a sense of energy and excitement. Participating artists come from across the U.S. and abroad, with represented countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Switzerland. A printed, full-color catalogue accompanies the exhibition and will be available for purchase. This display will be on view at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio from February 4 through April 23, 2017. 

I'm proud that "Orbital Plane" is part of this exhibit!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Artwork for Sale!

Amazing mall artworks for sale! Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. sends out trunk shows of small artworks around the U.S. and the world to showcase art quilts as an art form. Each quilt is 10 x 7 inches (25.4 x 17.8 cm), mounted on a black 12 x 9 inch backing board, and sealed inside a clear envelope. The 2014 artworks are now for sale. I thank the, as of yet, unknown buyer of my artwork, "Tuning Fork #15," in Trunk Show A.
Tuning Fork #15, 10"h x 7"w, 2014
See all of the 2014 trunk show art for sale HERE!

Friday, January 27, 2017

New Work

Ahhhh, this is the life!  

I have just returned from four days on a quilting holiday, the annual Trinity Valley Quilters' Guild retreat, on the shores of Lake Texoma.  Four days of nonstop sewing with 83 other quilters.  It's actually pretty wonderful -- the retreat is held in a spa hotel, and we only stop sewing long enough to chat, eat, sleep and, when the back starts to ache from the hours of hunching over a sewing machine, get a massage.  

So last Sunday I picked out fabric, packed my sewing machine and rotary cutter, and headed to Pottsboro, Texas.

I had decided this year that I was going to work on very small pieces.  As a warm up, I started with a piece (very loosely) based on a painting by Joan Miro, our February challenge piece for studioQ.  I have been working on a larger Miro-inspired piece at home, still on the design wall, but I felt the urge to make a smaller one.  It went together quickly. 
Mir piece, approximately 18" x 26"
I have a solo show this summer at the Goodrich Gallery in Dallas.  I will be showing mostly pieces from the geological series.  So I thought the retreat would be a good place to make a few small (hopefully 12" x 12" finished) pieces for the show.  These first two are based on microscopic thin sections of quartz, hematite, siderite and riebeckite.
 This piece is based on a thin section of hematite and fibrous quartz:
Hematite and Fibrous Quartz
The last two are based on a thin section of a mica schist:
Mica Schist #3 
Mica Schist #4
And all together:
Ready to quilt! 
It was a wonderful getaway, but now it's time to get back into my own studio and finish a piece for the SAQA Poster's exhibit.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Very Modern Weekend

I pretty much spent this weekend at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, both going to the opening of a new exhibit and touring an exiting exhibit.  What a great way to spend a weekend!

On Friday, B and I attended a dinner and artist talk for the opening of a new show by Stanley Whitney.  Mr. Whitney referred to himself as a "process painter" -- he apparently starts with a general format in mind, and places each block of color based on "feel."  He said he lays down a color and then stares at it, letting it tell him what to do next.  His work is abstract, and all about balance and intuition.
Stanley Whitney
SunRa, 2016, by Stanley Whitney
On Saturday, the North Texas SAQA group toured the exhibit KAWS: Where the End Starts.  A very different kind of art indeed.  KAWS' work is rooted in graffiti and pop culture, playfully tweaking iconic images of Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, Felix the Cat and the Simpsons.  Fascinating stuff!
The Snoopy piece on the left is "Five Suspects"

Some of the pieces are very large
Posing outside the Modern with a big blue Elmo behind us
I love living in Fort Worth, and part of that is the easy access to fabulous museums.  The Modern, the Kimbell and the Amon Carter are all amazing.  I'm a lucky woman!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trilobite Bites!

My brother-in-law offered to make bread one night during his Christmas visit.  I had just received a beautiful fossil trilobite for Christmas, and he had been admiring my growing trilobite collection, so he used it as the inspiration to make a loaf shaped like an Isotelus Maximus, the state fossil of Ohio.  

The Isotelus is in the center.  Looks just like it!
I'm happy to report that it was Isotelus Maximum Delicatus (delicious!)!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Salt Marsh Scarf Sighting!

My friend Norma Schlager, an art quilter who lives in Connecticut and blogs at Notes From Norma, sent me this picture.  She always look fabulous in green, and the Salt Marsh Scarf looks fabulous on her!

Thank you Norma!

Scarves based on some of my quilts, as well as tote bags and throw pillows, are available in my VIDA shop.  Click here to see them!

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