Thursday, August 3, 2017

Abstraction Distraction an FAC exhibit.

Greetings All,
Here is the info on an upcoming exhibit with the Fiber Artists Coalition that coming to the Plymouth Arts Center in addition to "Wabi Sabi".  Below are my entries in this exhibit (from left to right)  Restructure-I, II, III, & VI.  So if you are in the area do stop by and enjoy exhibits in conjunction with the 14th Cheese Capital Jazz/Blues crawl and the reception August 11, 2017.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wearables and more wearables!

Greetings All,
I have been on a tunic roll again and here are some of my latest.  Right is a stretch lightweight denim hankcrife tunic.  I love the abstract animal print with the overdye.  My next creation was made from some of my "Parking Lot Shibori" cotton fabric that I made and it's done in a batwing caftan style.

Friday, July 7, 2017

More Wearables

Greetings All,
Here are some more of my latest wearables.  I love this sunny yellow Adinkra symbol tunic.  It's short and sweet I think.

I also created several garments out of my "Parking Lot Shibor" fabrics one being my old standby favorites "Handkerchief-hem" tunic and my new "Waterfall" vest.  All of these are made of cotton and I am loving them.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wearable Update

Greetings All,
Here are some more of my latest creations made with "Kanga" cloth.  Kangas have for as long as is known been a traditional type of dress amongst women in the African Great Lakes region. Toward the eastern part of the region, phrases in Kiswahili are traditional, while in central areas phrases in both Kiswahili and Lingala are popular. Kangas are also often referred to as lesos.   Kanga - I, II, and III are below.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Wearables

Greetings All,
I have been working on some wearables lately and thought that I would share my creations.  Below left and centered you can see a shibori dyed tunic that I created which I love the asymmetry of the pattern and I hope that you do too.  This was created with white cotton and Rit dye in a liquid navy.

My next tunic was created with Rit dye lemon yellow and over painted with Pebeo Setacolor fabric paint in Cherry (50) and Ultramarine Blue (12).  Finally is a poncho that I crocheted with Red Heart Yarn in Earth/Sky and a McCalls crochet pattern from year ago.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Keeper of the Cloth-I

Greetings All,
I have been working on a new series of pieces titled the "Keeper of the Cloth".  This is a mixed media of wire, tin,  recycle blue jeans, plastic beads, and wood.  This is the 1st piece in this series and it has been a great learning experience.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Peoria's 2nd Annual Jazz & Art Festival

Greetings All,
Today we will be celebrating the Peoria's 2nd Annual Jazz & Art Festival will feature five Illinois jazz groups and a variety of local artists. This festival was made possible by the Peoria Park District and Central Illinois Jazz Society.

Entertainment Schedule:
3:00: Change-Up4:30: JC & the Redemption6:00 Mardra & Reggie Thomas7:30: The Brazilionaires9:00: Soul Message (Greg Ward)
Kagan Masters
Joshua Hawkins
Adrienne Risby
Abby Collins
Jennifer Short
Scott Sternberg
Johnny M. Hunter
Ellen Monteith 
Daniel Buchanan
Noah Christopher Otten
W. Joe Hudson
Natalie Jackson O'Neal
Mary Hildebrand
Jeff D. Selke
Chelsie Tamms
Jeremy Berkley
Jessica Peterson
Amy Williams
Ava Kamm
Trish Williams
Kristina Bohan
Rachel Newell
Arts Partners

Admission: $8 before 4:30pm, $10 after. Children 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult.
For more information, visit the festival's website at :
Participating 2017 artists:Marina Wirtz

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wabi Sabi - update

Greetings All,
Here is a link to an article by Leslie Renken of the Peoria Journal Start regarding FAC latest exhibit that's coming to town.  Also here is the postcard for the exhibit.  We are thankful to the Foster Gallery of Christianity and Fine Arts for the opportunity.  I am grateful to share it here in Peoria, IL.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Missed Moment.

Greetings All,
You know how sometimes you think that you've read all the instructions to meet a deadline and at the last moment realized that you got it all wrong?  Well I waited until the last minuet to complete this piece and on the day I was going to ship it I re-read the qualification and realized that the size was wrong.  This is what happens when you procrastinate, "Triennial Gathering".

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wearable update.

Greetings All,
Here is the latest series of aprons and I am loving creating them for sure.  A simple, sweet wearable and that's the truth.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Major donation via Dr Carolyn L. Mazloomi

Greetings All,
Here's a quote from , Dr. Aleia Brown "While the work in the Carolyn L. MazloomiWomen of Color Quilters Networkis invaluable for its contributions to women's studies and Black history and culture, it is still important that we have documentation that the collection has been appraised at over $500,000. Thank you Dr.Mazloomi for your generous donation to the Michigan State University Museum!
My dissertation and book project is largely based on the work and the women who contributed their work to this collection. Thank you Ed Johnetta Miller, Peggie Hartwell, April AnueDindga McCannonDorothy BurgeTrish WilliamsMarion ColemanCarole StaplesBisa ButlerDeborah FellPeggy LucasLatifah ShakirLauren AustinSylvia HernandezSheila A WhiteDeborah Fell. Please share widely, and especially with other Network members".   For more info check out the link here:

Dizzy - 2003 by Dr Carolyn Mazloomi

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wabi Sabi reminder.

Greetings All,
Here's a reminder that coming June 11th at the Foster Gallery for Christianity and Fine Arts.

Wabi-Sabi:  Finding Beauty in the Imperfect
(Curator’s Statement)

In these days of a throwaway society, it’s good to make do with what we have cherishing the memories they hold.  Wabi-sabi is the Japanese term for finding beauty in the imperfect.  There is beauty in the worn out bench by the garage where you sit on a hot summer day and listen to the grasshoppers chant.  That old tree in the back yard isn’t pretty, but conveys beauty in its strength and character, from making it through the thunderstorm and only losing a limb or starting to rot with moss and lichens growing on its trunk while the woodpeckers search for insects. Look to the natural aging of leaves from bright chartreuse to crumbled brown skeletal remains to understand the meaning of Wabi-Sabi.

The focus of the artists work for this exhibit, “Wabi-Sabi:  Finding Beauty in the Imperfect” gives representation to what satisfies their soul in simple ways.  We engage viewers and invite them to reflect and see in their own lives the imperfect yet simple pleasures of present and past, and the ever-changing life cycle of the natural world around us. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

For The Love of The Cloth - Aprons

Greetings All,
I have had a great time this week pulling out all the aprons that I've created, some are old and some are new and they are all about the love of the cloth.  Simple, but lovely to me.  Thanks again to Liz King for stirring up good memories.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Hope On A Plate

Greetings All,
I love hearing from my collectors great/small and this past week I heard from Liz King of "Hope On A Plate" that she's wearing an apron that she got from me in 2008 and is still wearing.  How cool is that?  I love my collectors.  Do check out Liz and Earl's website for some good food at and thanks Liz for the memories.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Liturgical Cloth Works - update

Greetings All,
I love sharing this photo of sister/minister sharing the communion with her congregation and I love the liturgical banner at the right of the altar on the wall.  This is a beautiful sanctuary and the lighting is just grand in it glorification.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Liturgical Cloth Works - update

Greetings All,
Here is my latest update on my stoles.  Sister/minister sent me a photo of her on "Easter Sunday" morning.  I am so very grateful to her for her support and her kindness.

Below is my latest addition to by collection and it's title is "Nation-I".  Kona cotton foundation pieced and machine quilted.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Art if the Passion memory.

Greetings All,
Remembering the Art of the Passion.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Liturgical Cloth Works - update

Greetings All,
Today I completed another stole and this one has purple as the main color.  All cottons fabrics that are machine pieced and machine quilted.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Liturgical Cloth Works

Greetings All,
All this week I have been working on clergy stoles.  This started because I shared a photo of a friend wearing one that I was commission to make for her ordination.  When I shared that photo I got other inquires and so this week has been a different walk of faith.  The two below belong to a young woman in the ELCA who I have watched grow with my own children and I am just amazed to the woman she has become.

The two below were created becasue my young friend needed to add a green stole to her liturgical wardrobe and these were a pleasure for sure to created.  This process has allowed me the opportunity to pray in a totally different manner for sure and for that I am grateful.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

ASWR update

Greetings All,

Sun May 21, 2017 1:30 pm at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, founder of the Women of Color Quilters Network and curator of the exhibit And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations, will speak about African American history and its depiction in story quilts. She is recognized as an authority on African American quilts, has authored several books, and is a very sought-after exhibit curator. Her exhibit, which will be at the museum through June 4, 2017, opened at the National Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2013. The exhibition will travel the United States through the end of this year.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Flour Resist Paste - Step II

Greetings All,
My second step with my four paste resist journey.  Paint has been brushed on, sprayed on, and roll into.  I  will keep you updated as I travel this journey

Monday, March 27, 2017

Flour Resist Paste a new journey.

Greetings All,
Yesterday I decide to try four paste resist for the 1st time on a piece of cotton that I had dyed a while back that I didn't like.  This is the results after dying for 24 hours and the next step is to apply fabric paint.  Here is my piece before paint.

Here is a link to the video that I used and the overall inspiration came from time spent with fiber artist Angie Knowles of Art Quilt Textiles.

Friday, March 24, 2017

On Beauty and Heritage: A Fabric Art Exhibition

Greetings All,

Phase II, On Beauty and Heritage: A Fabric Art Exhibition
Featuring The Needles and Threads Quilters Guild (NTQG) of Chicago

Opening Reception ~ March 29, 2017 / 3:30-5:00 pm / AACC
On Beauty showcases quilting works by Chicago area artists and AACC's Community Remedy Quilt made by UIC students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Inspired by African-American quilting traditions and communities, this exhibit adapts the Center's "Year of Remedies" programmatic theme into textural forms that symbolize resilience, healing, creativity and countless other expressions of what it might mean to remedy past and present injustices. 
March 29 - June 28 / AACC Gallery

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