Monday, August 29, 2016

More From Circular Abstractions

Today I thought I'd share a few pictures of quilts and artists.  First is Valerie Maser-Flanagan with her two quilts, Growth Rings #1 and #2.  I love the shading in these pieces.
Next is Patricia Altenburg's piece, City Lights #1.  I love the way her shapes are breaking out of the circle.
Wendy Hook with her quilt, Piet and Repeat.
 Carol Hazen had two pieces in the show.  This is Danger-Wrong Way.  Very cool.
 Patricia Guthrie also had two pieces in the show.  This is Rolling Color.  I love her palette.
Maren Johnston came all of the way from California for the opening.  This is her piece, Emergence.
This is Marina Baudoin with her piece Twister.
I loved these two pieces by Kathy Anso.  The first is In Loving Memory.
This one is Ministry of Silly Walks.  Being an old Monty Python fan, I loved this for the title as well as the piece itself.  It DOES look like John Cleese doing his silly walk.
 This is Fallen by Gael O'Donnel.
 This is Junglescape by Pamela Loewen.  Love the colors and the movement.
Ruth Harmelink made Insight Into My Soul.  It is beautifully pieced.   And stunning.
I thought I'd end this post with a picture I took during the opening ceremony.  Nancy Crow at the podium.  Nancy was the driving force behind this exhibit, and I can't thank her enough.  She is an amazing woman.  Not only is she a brilliant artist, she is a wonderful teacher.
Thank you, Nancy!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Circular Abstractions -- the Opening

Last Wednesday Wendy Hook (my fellow Fort Worth art quilter and good friend) and I flew to Muskegon, Michigan, for the opening of an exhibit curated by Nancy Crow, "Circular Abstractions."  

It all started two years ago.  Nancy Crow invited the two of us, along with 60 or so other artists, to submit a piece for consideration for an exhibit she had long been dreaming about staging.  An exhibit devoted to art quilts that riff off the traditional bullseye pattern.  An exhibit of very large quilts, all approximately 80" x 80".   An exhibit that would open at the Muskegon Museum of Art in the summer of 2016 and then travel to other museums.  

How could we say no?  We couldn't.  It was too wonderful an opportunity.

We got straight to work.  Or Wendy did.  I struggled quite a bit with the piece, making sketches, cutting swatches, playing with layouts.  I had many ideas, but I rejected them all, until I finally felt that I needed to just stop waffling and start piecing.  And voila! Wendy and I were both accepted into the show. 

The really difficult part was that we were strictly forbidden to post pictures of our work, either in progress or completed.  That's hard for a blogger.  

So here is the big reveal.  My quilt, made for Circular Abstractions, "Orbital Plane #1."
So, as I said, we flew to Muskegon last Wednesday.  And as soon as we got there we scoped out the museum.  
The grand facade
The main door,
We didn't get to go inside until the next day.  First we had a private showing for the artists and their families.  It was wonderful to see the quilts without crowds of people.  Much better for taking pictures.

This is just a small portion of the pieces in the show.  They were AMAZING!

After our private tour, we signed books.  Hundreds of them.  Literally.
And then it was time for the opening.  Nancy introduced the 31 artists who attended.
And the exhibit officially opened.  We stood by our pieces and answered questions.  It was a wonderful and exhausting evening.
I took many more pictures of individual quilts that I'll share in a later post.  I'll just close by saying it was a fabulous trip.  I saw many good friends and made a few new ones.  And I'm very very proud to be a part of this amazing exhibit.

One question I got repeatedly at the opening, "This is Orbital Plane #1.  Is there (or will there be) an Orbital Plane #2?"

I'll tell you what I told them.  Who knows?

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.


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!)


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.


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 #3, 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!

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