Friday, March 30, 2018

Kamrooz Aram at the Modern

Thursday B and I headed to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for an early glimpse of a new exhibit opening this weekend.  We love being members -- we get a chance to support the museum and to be among the first to view each new exhibit.  We were invited to an artist's talk and reception for "Focus: Kamrooz Aram."

Aram combines painting, sculpture and collage into his installations.  Several of the pieces in the exhibit contain abstracted motifs from Persian carpets.  And the triangle features heavily in his work.  He explained that he loves triangles -- they appear in both Persian stucco designs from the 13th and 14th centuries and in Western Modernist painting. 
Of course, I was thinking that they appear in both traditional and modern quilting.  I love them, too!

He painted these three pieces after visiting the Modern last year:
Another with a similar feel:
Aram told us that these paintings were inspired by the architecture of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's building, designed by Tadeo Ando.  It is a beautiful place, composed of concrete and glass:
After the talk, Brian and I sipped wine, munched hors d'oeuvres and looked out over the reflecting pool.  It was a beautiful evening:
These last two pieces are installations.   Aram often uses his paintings as a backdrop, with a sculpture or a piece of pottery on a pedestal in front of the painting.  He told us that it was to give importance to the objects in the front, which are usually from the so called minor arts, and to downplay the importance of the painting, which is considered one of the fine arts.
 It is a fun exhibit.  If you are in Fort Worth, come see it!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Escapades in Fiber!

The Dallas Area Fiber Artists annual show, Escapades in Fiber, has been on display during the month of March at the CC Young Center in Dallas.  Monday was the closing and the awards ceremony. It was a fabulous show, including wearable art, vessels, weavings, dolls, screened hangings and, of course, quilts.  I  look forward to it every year, and I am always excited to be a part of it.
A few of my favorite entries this year included:
Needing Direction by Jules Rushing, which won Best of Show
Santa Fe Sunrise by Adriana Comini
Flame by Debbie Snider
Taking No Flak by Lu Peters
My Favorite Things by Beth Swider
Photosynthesis by Carolyn Skei, which won first place
Fly By Night by Traci Hutton
I had three pieces juried into the show this year.  By the River (Tuning Fork #39) received an award for Outstanding Use of Color.
By the River (TF #39), Heather Pregger © 2017

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Indigo Dyeing Day

March in North Texas is a beautiful month.  Cool nights, warm days and a bit of rain now and then.  Perfect time of year to go into the garage and do some dyeing!

Kay invited the members of NTAQ over for a shibori/indigo dyeing day.  At the January meeting she asked us to stitch patterns on white prepared for dyeing (PFD) fabric before we arrived to dye, a type  of shibori called nui shibori.  A simple running stitch is used on the cloth and then pulled tight to gather the fabric.  If the fabric is pulled tight enough, the dye cannot penetrate the stitched areas and you get a lovely pattern.

I decided to create a circle and line pattern.  I stitched my fabric:

And then I gathered the threads:
Kay prepared the indigo vat before we arrived, using pre-reduced indigo crystals.  Much easier than boiling the indigo plants themselves.  The liquid was a lovely dark green, with a "flower" of gloppy blue indigo on top:
She skimmed off the flower and we got to work.  Each piece was dipped multiple times:
It was so much fun!  The pieces came out of the vat a lovely green color and turned indigo blue as the fabric oxided.  It's like magic!
We dyed a lot of fabric.  Each of us dyed our pre-stitched piece, and then we tried some other techniques.  Clamping with c-clamps or clothespins, rolling the fabric around a rope, folding and rubber banding and even tying the fabric around a slinky.  It was a blast! 
I am so pleased with the pieces I dyed.  The top piece was fan folded and clamped with clothespins.  The bottom piece is my stitched circle and line piece:
These three were rubber banded.  Using many rubber bands:
The top piece was folded and clamped between two wooden rectangles.  The bottom was wrapped and tied around a rope:
At the end of the day we were tired but happy:
Thanks, Jaye, for taking the selfie!
I'm off to order some pre-reduced indigo from Dharma right now!  I can't wait to try indigo again.

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Art Quilt Elements Opening

I was really sorry to miss the opening of Art Quilt Elements in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on St. Patrick's Day.  Although this is the first time I've had a quilt in the show, I been to the Wayne Art Center to see previous shows, and I know that it is always a fabulous collection of art quilts.

Luckily my friend Sarah Entsminger was able to attend.  And she was kind enough to send me a few pictures:
Susan Lenz's "Large Stained Glass LXXXI," my quilt, Aryana Londir's "Red Flag"
A view of the a portion of the main gallery.
Banded Iron Formation #1
If you'd like to see more of the show, Elena Stokes has lots of pictures on her blog.  And, of course, you can see them in person through April 28 at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A Day at the Modern

What a lovely way to spend a Saturday!  The North Texas SAQA Circle took a tour of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's new Ron Mueck exhibit.  I love the Modern, and I love my SAQA friends, so I thoroughly enjoyed the day!

Ron Mueck has exhibited at the Modern before -- in fact, he had a solo exhibit not long after I moved to Fort Worth.  He specializes in human figures, either very large scale or somewhat small scale, and his sculptures are compelling.  The sunbathers, "Under the Umbrella," were my favorite piece in the show.  They were huge -- as you can see by comparing them to the live human figure at the very right of the picture - and very endearing.
Mueck worked as a puppeteer and in special effects for TV and film before focusing on fine art.  He makes clay models of his sculptures and then casts them in resin or silicone.  It can take more than a year to complete a sculpture.

A sign in the gallery.  Do these two sentences really need to go together?
Two more of his pieces:
Drift by Ron Mueck
Some fellow SAQA artists examining "Woman With Shopping"
The Modern had a new acquisition, Epic 2, 2009, by Teresita Fernandez.  I hadn't seen it before.  It was large and arresting. When you examined it closely you could see that it was composed of graphite and magnets.  Very cool!
Epic 2, 2009 by Teresita Fernandez
I had never seen this piece before, although the sign indicated it had been a part of the museum's permanent collection since 1995.  It is composed of latex paint on the wall.  And the ceiling.  How do you take a piece like that down to store it?
Self Portrait with Big Ears (Learning to be Free) by Jonathan Borofsky
And another piece I had not seen before, which the museum has owned since 1953:
Trio, 1953 by Bror Utter
I really love this piece.  Both the palette and the organic shapes.  I'm glad they are displaying it now and that I had a chance to see it.

That's one of the reasons I love visiting the Modern -- there is always something new to see.  And I love to revisit my old favorites.

A week ago, at the Dallas Quilt Show, I bought an ice dyed bundle from Jules Rushing of Studio Jules Art.  It contained about 1 yard of fabric total -- a piece of dark blue, several pieces of dark red violet, some dark purples, several medium multi colored pieces and two strips of acid yellow-green.  I thought it would be an interesting challenge to make a quilt using only the bundle.  But as the quilt grew, I found that unless I wanted it to be very small (which I didn't -- I felt like going a little bigger.  Just because.) I needed to add a bit more fabric.  So I added some of my own hand dyed dark purple and a bit of Kaufman Kona eggplant.  I thoroughly enjoyed making this little piece:
As Yet Untitled, 17"w x 22"h, © 2018
I haven't named it yet.  Any suggestions?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Art Quilt Elements Opens March 17th

Art Quilt Elements, a juried international quilt exhibition  held every other year at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pennsylvania, will hold an Opening Reception on Saturday, March 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  You are all invited to come and meet the artists!
I am honored that Banded Iron Formation #1 is part of this exhibition.
Banded Iron Formation #1, 18"w x 24"h, © 2016
If you can't make the opening, the Wayne is open Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  It is located at:
13 Maplewood Ave
Wayne, PA 19087

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The 2018 Dallas Quilt Show

I LOVE the Dallas Quilt Show.  It is always a great day, giving me a chance to see old friends and to view some very beautiful quilts.  I went to the show yesterday, and thought I'd show a few pictures of quilts that caught my eye.

This first quilt is by Natalie Friedman.  It was inspired by the Japanese custom of hanging paper wishes on trees:
Japanese Wish Tree by Natalie Friedman
This quilt is by Kay Scheffer.  I love her use of a single motif.  It's a beautiful piece:
Twigs by Kay Scheffer
 This quilt is by Sherrie Tootle.  I loved the texture and stitching.  Here are two detail shots:
Soil Signatures Using Remote Sensing Gamma Ray Spectrometry by Sherrie Tootle, Detail 1
Soil Signatures Using Remote Sensing Gamma Ray Spectrometry by Sherrie Tootle, Detail 2
Wendy and I had quilts right next to each other in the Art Quilt category:
 Carol Morrissey won second place in art quilts for her portrait of her grandson:
Jake by Carol Morrissey
I had four quilts in the show.  This is Dancers:
 And Galligantus made it's debut:
 My fourth quilt in the show, The Salt Marsh at First Encounter Beach, won an honorable mention in Art Quilts.

N. A. Jones had two quilts in the show.  Her use of fabric and her hand stitching blew me away:
Confetti Spiral by N. A. Jones, Detail
She also had a whole cloth quilt in the show.  The stitching was amazing:
Segues by N. A. Jones, Detail
I loved this small piece with the string detail:
Sun and Moon by Linda Creagh
Barbara Oliver Hartman had four quilts in the show.  This was my favorite:
Somewhere VI by Barbara Oliver Hartman
 Tonya Littmann's cat quilt was wonderful.  Wonder what that feline is plotting?
Hazel by Tonya Littmann
I loved this cheeky take on the British Flag:
God Save the Queen by Christina Lee
This quilt in the modern category was paper pieced:
Balancing Act by Gillian Golborne
 Karen Stone had several quilts in the show.  I loved her intense machine quilting:
Wonderful World by Karen K. Stone, Detail
The Dallas show is always very inspirational.  It is open through Sunday at Market Hall in Dallas.  If you get a chance, come on by!

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