Thursday, June 30, 2016

More Work in the Thin Section Series

I'm very excited.  My mineral thin section series is coming along.  I quilted one piece before I left for the Barn, I finished three tops in Ohio, and I have another on the design wall.  I thought today I'd show you the pieces I made in Ohio.

The first is based on a thin section of the mineral rutile.  Rutile is composed mainly of titanium dioxide, and occurs in both igneous and metamorphic rocks.
Rutile, 55" x 42"
The second piece is chloritoid, a metamorphic mineral composed of iron, manganese, magnesium and  a few other things.   It usually occurs in phyllites, schists and marbles.
Chloritoid, 30" x 70"
The last is a mica schist, not strictly speaking a mineral but a layered metamorphic rock containing mica, biotite and muscovite.
Mica Schist, 55" x 57"
I'm loving this series so far.  I am enjoying looking through my old geology textbooks and notebooks, selecting my next subject, playing with the colors and textures.  I have even been inspired to do a little research.  I'm remembering things about minerals that I had forgotten years ago.

 I'm linking this post to Nina-Marie's Off the Wall FridayFriday Fabric FrenzyConfessions of a Fiber Addict and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Go see all the wonderful work there!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Letter from Camp


When I was young, probably still in elementary school, I spent a portion of every summer at a camp in central Ohio.  I remember singing silly camp songs, I remember the lush green forest, filled with bird songs and the sound of the wind in the leaves,  and I remember spending many hours making things.  Baskets, lanyards, boxes out of popsicle sticks and even pottery. It was a wonderful time.

I had a chance to revisit that experience last weekend.  I attended Susie Monday's Summer Art Camp near Albuquerque, NM.  And once again, I reveled in silly songs, beautiful surroundings and the joy of making things.  It was fabulous, everything I remembered camp being and more!

The Camp at Capilla Peak is high in the Manzano mountains, in the middle of the Cibola National Forest.
At the camp, 7200 ft. elevation
At the top of Capilla Peak, about 9300 ft. elevation, storm rolling in
Accommodations included rooms in the barn, near the main classroom, and small cabins in a clearing near the bonfire area.  Rhonda and I had a room in the barn.
The best part was that we spent all of our time making art.  Not necessarily art with a capital "A."  Some of it was just plain silly, such as this whole body drawing exercise.
We saw plenty of wildlife! We had four bear sightings in the four days of camp.  Probably the same bear. He didn't seem particularly bothered by our presence.
Bear sighting 1
Bear sighting 2 (photo by Rhonda)
And we saw and heard many types of birds. Hummingbirds (several varieties), flickers, nuthatches, Steller's jays, woodpeckers, towhees, phoebes, western bluebirds, buzzards, and several types of hawks.

Can you spot the Western Tanager?
We hiked around the Abo Mission and viewed the ruins...

 and a canyon filled with petroglyphs.

And, best of all, we made things.  I spent the entire time learning how to work with metal.  Dale Jenssen is a very patient teacher and very talented.  Metalwork is definitely outside my comfort zone. I generally shy away from power tools, but by the end of camp I was drilling like a pro.
I made three pieces.  A nightlight, a luminaria (with an owl punched onto it) and a wall sconce,

My sconce is on the left, Layne's is on the right.
My sconce even lights up!
Thank you, Susie, for such a wonderful adventure!
The whole gang!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hanging around with my fiber art friends

I've had a busy week since I got home from Ohio.  And, lucky for me, two days were spent with some of my favorite friends.

Deborah Bright, our North Texas SAQA rep, arranged a docent tour of the Frank Stella retrospective at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth.  Eighteen members attended, and thoroughly enjoyed our tour with our docent, Dorrie.

This week was also the regular meeting of studioQ, the Fort Worth fiber group.  We met at Bethany's house, and explored our inner child by coloring pre-quilted squares with fabric medium and colored pencils.  It was so much fun!  And only slightly messy.
Today I'm off to New Mexico to attend Susie Monday's Summer Art Camp.  We'll be exploring metalworking, encaustic painting and printmaking techniques.  In the beautiful mountains south of Albuquerque.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two and a Half Weeks in O-H-I-O

I am just home from a long trip to Ohio.  I attended a 2 week Master Class at the Crow Timber Frame Barn, and spent several days on either side of the class at my brother's house in Worthington, just north of Columbus. It is always great to see my brother and his wife, and this year I was able to meet his new grandson, Nathan.  

The Master Class is a wonderful experience.  I first went to my first MC two years ago.  It's sort of like an independent study with benefits.  Imagine being in a room, surrounded by 19 other high level quilt artists, each working on vastly different pieces, breaking every afternoon to discuss topics relevant to the business of art quilting and the art of creation.  The room is full of amazing energy!

I won't share pictures of the other artists' work, but here is a photo of Coleen Kole.  We celebrated her birthday during the class!
Happy Birthday!

Andrew and Jennifer live near the Olentangy River on the north side of Columbus.  I love to walk down the bike and hike trail that follows the river on a cool summer morning.

Saturday was A & J's eleventh anniversary!  I was so happy I got to share this special occasion with them.
 There were several really wonderful exhibits going on nearby, both curated by Nancy Crow.  The first we viewed was "Material Pulses: Eight Viewpoints" at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus.

 Denise Roberts' quilts were stunning! In fact the whole exhibit was amazing.
Denise with her fabulous work!
Three pieces by Jane Willoughby
We also went to "Mastery: Sustaining Momentum" at the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio.  Also an excellent exhibit, but no photography allowed.

I had a wonderful time at the MC.  I was working on pieces based on photos and drawings of mineral thin sections.  I was very excited by the work I produced.
At the end of class.  The minerals are (from l to r) Stilbite, Chloritoid and Mica Schist
So now, it's back to reality and back to work!


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