Saturday, April 28, 2012

Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama

Greetings All,
Last night I had a wonderful time at the DuSable Museum view the exhibition of a Journey Of Hope:Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama.  The exhibt is running until May 6th and last night Dr Carolyn L. Mazloomi, who currated this exhibit was in town for the gallery talk and book signing.  I hope that you enjoy my slide-show.


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Maggie Weiss Thermofax Workshop.

Greetings All,
Sunday afternoon on April 22nd I spent a wonderful time at Maggie Weiss's studio for a workshop on thermo-faxing.  There was great food, drinks, and lots of creativity flowing and I had a grand time.

Below are the three pieces that I worked on and if the background fabrics look like you've seen them before, well you have.  I used some fabrics that I created during  play-dates with the "Sew What Art Quilters". 




Left is a soy wax batik I created using kitchen utensils and children rubber stamp.  The fish is thermo-faxed and I'm not sure where I will go from here.








The fabric below center was created by me using my hand dyed cotton and Setacolor paints.  The face is a drawing that I had created long ago and that's the thermo-faxed image.





The piece to the right was created on some of Lois Jarvis "Rust-Tex" fat 8th fabric.  Again I use my thermo-faxed image and I've started to enhance the image with fabrics paint pens and will post more later. 







Below is a small slide show of the group doing their thing and I hope that you enjoy it.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,
The Piece of the Week is not one of my own, but one of my students.  She like the piece that I had created, but I had done my tree freestyle and I had to find one for her first class.  She choose my hand dyed cotton for her sky and black Kona cotton and quilted it with variegated thread.  I think that she did a good job for her first and I'm very proud of her.  We look forward to her next project.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Quilts on Review-Chicago Schooling of Fusing

Greetings All,
I am so very honored to be a part of “Quilts on Review”: Cheddar Quilts, A Nancy Zieman Retrospective and Works from The Chicago School of Fusing! The exhibt is at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50.W5050Portland Road, Cedarburg, WI. The exhibit runs April 18 thru July 8, 2012. The gallery reception is May 6, 2012 from noon until 4pm. So if you are in the area do stop by. Below are three of my pieces that are in this exhibit (left-Easy Riders-II, center-Sky Light, and right-Going To Meet A Man). Other artists include: Anne Lullie, Lake In The Hills, Illinois - Laura Wasilowski, Elgin, Illinois – Frieda Anderson, Elgin, Illinois – Emily Parson, St. Charles, Illinois – Robbi Joy Eklow, Third Lake, Illinois – Ann Fahl, Racine, Wisconsin.





















Sunday, April 8, 2012

Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,


This is my piece of the week and the inspiration came from the photo below. I was asked last month if I could make a birthday gift for one of the associate pastors at church who's from Sierra Leona. I look at photos and love the one below with the dancing women. I don't try an focus on realism, but on gut feeling, color and texture. I had a great time making selections for the "Bundu Women on Dama Road".

Saturday, April 7, 2012

FAC Blue Workd/Green World exhibit.

Greetings All,
Fiber Artists Coalition (FAC) proudly presents BlueWorld/GreenWorld opening in conjunction with Common Threads at the Riverfront Arts Center, 1200 Crosby Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Exhibit runs 20 April -27 May 2012 with opening reception 20 April 5-7:30.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,
The piece of the week is "Soaring @ Twilight". This is the latest in my "Blackbirds" series and you ask how many pieces are in this series? Well I'm not sure, but for now I must have them in my life. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have in creating them.

This piece is simple in its construction because it's all about the color and the birds. I hand dyed the sky and the flowers were given to my by Clairan Ferrono who had wrapped one of my pieces in it to return to me. The flower print made me think of midnight and magnolias for some reason. I'm not sure what type of flowers they are, but I love them.

I've never seen birds fly at midnight, but I have seen them get their flight on at twilight or the Blue Hour. They are either starting or finishing their day and their silhouettes look so lovely and graceful against the skylight.

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