Monday, September 28, 2009

Play date with Jamal

Greeting All,

Yesterday I had another play-date with Jamal and here is is latest creation. He didn't explain his piece only to say that there was a bird, plane, sun, and a car in this piece. I just stood back and open paints as he asked. He did tell me that is first piece in our "Collaboration Project should remain in the orientation that he created it in so I've change that on the previous post. I hope that we get the chance to do at least on more. I will keep you posted.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Jamal's Piece

Greetings All,

Jamal's piece is finished and I didn't want to take away from his work so I just quilted heavely with Superior Primary color thread. Do click on the image for more detail view. This pieces was painted with Setacolor transparent, Tulip Slick, Tulip Pearl, and Tulip Glitter.

All paints were donated by Loraine Little and Michele Hardman, who I thank wholeheartedly for their contributions. Loraine also gave me the base fabric. I have decided to make this an on-going event/project not just with the Henderson, but with any child that shows an interest. The next piece that I will work on is Jamillah's and next Monday I have a play-date with my mentee who wants to explore fabric paint and I'm going to try to convince her to quilt it on her own. I will keep you posted on our "Collaboration Projects".

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Play Date with the Hendersons

Greetings All,

Jamal finally got me to slow down and have a play-date with him and his sisters Jamillah and Jabriah. These are my next door neighbors children and Jamal has always asked me what I was doing, where I was going and could he help. We have a small space between the building were we live, so there we were again in the gang-way painting fabric. We did this last year and Jamal has been waiting to do it again. I'm so sorry that I put it off for so long and hope that we can get in a couple more days this year were we can do it again. I have started quilting Jamal's piece and we shall see what come of it. I would like to enter their pieces in shows and once we get accepted let them come and see their work on display. Who knows we may have a budding artist among us.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Chicago Jazz Festival Art Fair - Part III

Greetings All,

I got some wonderful photos today that were taken by photographer Kathy Hillegonds while I was vending at the Chicago Jazz Festvial Art Fair and thought that I would share them with you. Thanks Kathy for taking them and please check out her other photos at her Shutterfly site link.

I also met a awesome singer/artist by the name of Leena Conquest and we had a wonderful conversation about our work. The jazz fest did a tribute to grand Curtis Mayfield and Leena was one of the preformer who participated in that. This is a short film on her style and you can check out more on her Myspace site. This is one of the perks from vending that I love and that forming new relationships. Thank you Leena for sharing. Enjoy

I did aquire a new piece of art work for my collection from the offical jazz fest artist Patrick Crouch (right) which I just love. It adds that burst of color that I need in my life and he aquired one of my pieces (Trump-I below left) which I know that he loves. So it was just a love-fest between him and is brother Reginald. They were so very helpful and kind to Kem and I.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chicago Jazz Fest Art Fair - Part II

Greetings All,

I made it through another weekend of vending and the city could not have looked any better. There were blue skies for days and the weather was just great. I met people from all over the planet and educated so many about what I do, why and how. The music was just wonderful and to my surprise there were some great high school bands that were just unbelievable with their talent.

Several of my large works found new homes and for that I am grateful. "Mother Water" (left) is gone to the east-coast and "To The Water" went to north-side of the city. Both of the pieces are water related and we were at the lake front all weekend. Hmmm?

My daughter Kemba came up from Georgia to give me a hand. Some of her friends were also visiting from Georgia and they came out to say hello. It was just great to meet Mama Graham and Grace as my daughter Kemba calls them. I also met an internet daughter Fallon Wilson who hung out with me and Kemba all afternoon on Friday and Fallon was just a delight. Tracy Lewis, mama Grace's daughter was also in attendance with one of her friends and we all had a great time.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Innovations in Textiles 8

I got my postcards for Made By Hand exhibit that is a part of Innovations In Textiles 8 in St Louis, MO. This is an regional juried fiber exhibition that the St Louis chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art. The chosen work for the postcard is by Nino Hecht and is titled "Housewife. Don't forget if you are in the area check out the exhibit and all the wonderful related works of art.

Made By Hand
Crossroads Gallery/Studios
501 N. Kingshighway, St. Charles, MO
Friday Sept, 11, 7-9 pm
IT8 Bus Tour:
Saturday October 3
Felted Workshop W/Nino Hecht:
Sunday, October 4, 1-4 pm
for more info:

Also my friend Judy Coates Perez is teaching two workshop during this event and lecturing. Mixed Media Painted Fabric and Tsukineko All Purpose Inks are her workshops on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18th and 20th. For more info click on Missouri Fiber Artists . Well I'm off to my first day of vending at the Chicago Jazz Festival Art Fair.
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