Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
I want to thank each of the participants and tell them what a joy it was working with them.
This is what Kathy completed. Kathy took the 'Beginner's Art Quilt Class' title literally. She had never sewn before (!) but look what she created. She and I will get together at a later date to finish her piece off with binding. She thinks she is going to lay in some funky, chunky quilting stitches with embroidery floss.
Florence is a lovely lady who has done traditional quilting but said she learned how to quilt so she could make art quilts. She definitely has been bitten by the bug and plans to continue being creative with cloth. Below is her abstract piece that is successful in creating the impression of a landscape without being obvious. I suspect that Florence's future art quilts will become more and more complex while still retaining a soothing, calm appearance.
Elaine is not an art quilt beginner but came to my class anyway (what a doll she is). This great cloth is hand dyed silk she did using natural plant dyes with some added discharged fabric she also created. I can't tell you how luscious it is in person. Seems Elaine was fascinated with some examples of hand appliqueing I had done. The bottom photo shows her diligently working away making those tiniest of invisible stitches.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
You know, I wish there were a huge demand for 4x6 textile art. For some reason these measurements & I get along really well. I could make this little gem size all day long. But I know that in order to reach my art goals I need to start working bigger more often. I don’t think I’ll ever produce really large work but geez…I might need to at least get into the double digits!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Building on the cairns theme more....except now it's become more about a feeling of ancient decoration on stones and building structures than just the stones themselves. If you click on the photo it will open a window and show it much larger - then you'll get an idea of all the textures and sparkle. This piece uses hand dyed silks (cottons wish & dream they could take dyes as well as silk!), painted and distressed sheer fabric, a vintage jewelry finding that I altered, beads and vintage sequins. It's a 4x6er and is my current favorite.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Clear, sunny and cool seems to be on tap for the weather today....absolutely gorgeous! Sept and Oct are my favorite months of the year. I am not a beach person - more a wood fire, homemade soup person. No doubt this blog will have at least one posting showing a bonfire that we will have out at our pond sometime in the next few weeks. You are all invited as long as you bring the marshmallows!
I made this 4x6er last night from hand dyed & painted fabric that was further embellished with foils. The other elements are rolled cloth that was secured together with gel medium and wrapped with beads and wires. I call it Ancient Ruins and is further exploration of this cairns, portal, standing stones series I've been busy with.
Oh...and....the class Thurs night went great (at least that was my take on it). I believe I realized some success in my mission to only provide inspiration and encouragement to design creatively rather than instruction on specific construction methods. Part 2 will be this Thursday. I hope the participants are all as enthusiastic as they were last week.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Went out to dinner with a forever friend who I’ve known since 8th grade.
Came home to these most wonderful, the greatest trades from Annica in Sweden. Annica, I bow to your skills! Anyone who makes art like this, lives in Sweden and knows who The Mammals are and has seen them perform is The Best in my book. Check out her blog for more info about her tasty work:http://fabthreads.blogspot.com/
Opened up my emails to discover that an art quilt had sold on Etsy.
Opened up ebay to check the art quilt I have listed and – whoa – that has a bid too!
Opened up another email from a publication asking me to submit my ‘press kit’ (uh huh, what the heck is this? and I’m pretty sure I don’t have one) for their consideration.
Have a great journey today and I wish all of you a #1 Rock Star Day!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
We all need & seek guidance throughout our lives. There are as many sources that can help us travel through this life as there are people. Cairns are directional markers that have existed since man began walking this earth and started bonding into family/communtiy units. I like the spiritual aspect of cairns – rock solid, expressive art that aids people in navigating difficult or confusing terrain.
We can all use some good karma cairns in our life.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Cornucopia – Mixed media art piece comprised of textiles, paint, spackle tape screen stuff, dyed silk ribbons, vintage brass jewelry finding, painted wooden pieces, papers, painted canvas & brass rods – SOLD
This morning I was looking back at photos of some of my pieces from the past couple of years. It’s interesting….the ones I liked the best when completed have held up well with time in regards to their popularity with me…..the ones that bothered me when finished still bother me (even though many of those have found homes with new people). This piece was one of those inspired pieces that came together late one night. I still like it very much and hope it still brings a smile to the face of the lovely lady who bought it.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
What started out as a trade with one has ended as a trade with four. I can't wait to get my booty from Jan, Annica, Karen & Deirdre. Of course, me getting my treasure trove entails some production & reciprocating on my end. I have a ton of ideas right now so - hopefully - the inspirational mode will remain!
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Thursday, September 6, 2007
who is owed a long overdue trade from me. Better late than never is a motto I live by way too often!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Made this for dinner last night. If you like ethnic & spicy (and we do) give it a try. This soup with some warm, whole grain crusty bread is a complete meal. Yum!
Note: This is very spicy - turn down the cayenne for a milder soup.
Ingredients & Method:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
5 large cloves garlic, minced
3 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
4 medium tomatoes, peeled & chopped
1 small apple, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 1/2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped, roasted pecans
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (most people need to only use a pinch to 1 teaspoon)
2-1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/3 - 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute the onion 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Mix in the garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir in the tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrot, and continue to cook and stir about 5 minutes.
2. Pour the broth into the saucepan, and season the mixture with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 - 45 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft.
3. Remove the soup mixture from heat. In a food processor or blender, blend the soup and peanuts until almost smooth. Season with cayenne pepper. Return to the saucepan. Whisk in the peanut butter and cilantro, then cook until heated through. If soup is too thick add more broth until it is the consistency you want.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Another piece that you've been seeing in my posts for the past month or so got completed. It's completely constructed of my own hand dyed fabrics and I really like the modern yet primitive feeling of this piece. I don't know how arty it could be considered but I do know people seem to like it very much.
Have a great Sunday everyone!