Thoughts, musings and randomness from a woman whose passions infringe on her life in the everyday world. "Yes, honey....dinner will be ready soon."
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Machine Work - Hand Work
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
A cairns motif that morphed into a Garden of Eden image.....FAMA....Folk Art Modern Abstract. These pieces I'm doing may not have the sophistication of altered cloth art that features paints, foils, printing and inks but - darn - I like doing these. There's something about them that reaches deep down inside me....getting to the roots of something.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
A Fall Sunday in My Life
Deb Lacitiva's art quilt (upper left) hanging in an installation in Woodstock, NY...very special....
Husband person checking out a glass art installation that he thought was cool...very special....
Husband person inspecting and figuring out another art installation (and what a tres imaginative sculpture this was)....once a tool and hammer guy always a tool and hammer guy...very special...
OH! And I was tagged by Thelma Smith http://www.thelmasmith.com/blog/ I still smile when I remember how she contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in becoming part of PlanetTextileThreads http://www.planet.textilethreads.com/ . I am in such esteemed company on this website.
Anyway, I need to tell 7 things about myself that may (or may not) be interesting and tag 7 other people. I'll leave the tagging for later but here are the facts:
1.) I was born on 3/19 @ 3:19a.m.
2.) Music can transport me to other places and times.
3.) Growing up I never believed I was artistic but always wanted to be an artist.
4.) I am the happiest now than I've ever been.
5.) I am a bit of a misanthrope.
6.) I don't use a clothesdryer (ok - you have to admit someone who still uses a clothesline in this day and age is unusual but boy do those sheets smell great).
7.) I am quite intuitive.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Happily working away here in Shawangunk Ridge land. The top piece is a closeup showing the bit of foiling I added to the whole cloth I've been altering. Right now the cloth has been painted, dyed, printed and foiled enough - the next step will be to quilt it. Probably free motion machine stitching but maybe with some added hand stitched details - we'll see. The bottom photo is of a larger cairns inspired piece that seems to have morphed into a bit of the Garden of Eden. This one will definitely get hand emboidery added - and maybe a snake image or two...we'll see.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The creative spark is coming back – slowly but surely – as is the typical pattern. I have started work on one piece and have an idea for another. Hooray! I want to thank everyone who took the time to drop me a kind word or two about being blocked. A supportive community is so important to many of us.
The piece above is a mixed media deal I did about 2 years ago. It was an answer to a mixed media challenge for an online group of various (mainly collage) artists. I think the theme was crowns. I bet this was probably one of the most unusual answers to the challenge.
Happy day to all and I hope all your challenges are easily overcome!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Forgot the fountain of youth - I'd like to bottle creative adrenaline and drink from it when necessary!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Hand Work is the Answer to a Motion Filled Day
Thursday, October 11, 2007
The last day or two I’ve been thinking about controlling. Controlling as in trying to fix things, coerce other people into making the decisions I think they should make, trying to anticipate every ‘what if’…etc, etc, etc…ad naseum….
I always feel the most centered and in control (now there’s a paradox) when I keep out of situations that need to run their own course and keep out of lives that need to be lived by the people they belong to (for sure their lives don’t belong to me). A gentle touch, a soft smile or an encouraging nod is really all that’s needed in many situations where our loved ones are trying to find their way.
The first piece above is some free form stitching and embroidery I started doing one night. The second piece is the third in my cairns series that morphed into a symbolic image of an adult letting go of a child.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Nice 3 Day Weekend
This arrived on Saturday in the mail from a great textile/collage artist, Karen Stiehl Osborn http://www.karenstiehlosborn.com/ . We agreed to trade 4x6'ers and I think it was a WIN for me! Isn't this small piece of art marvelous? Lots of texture and depth. A really great addition to my growing collection. Thank you so much Karen!
I'm a Painter Wanna-Be so on Saturday I tried my hand at interpreting that squash photo I posted earlier in the week.
An artist's group I belong to was discussing Garden of Eden motifs....one painter had us in stitches (ha! only figuratively as I'm the only textile person in this group) over her thoughts on an image of an Angelina Jolie/Mother Theresa/Evil Snake image. Anyway, this discussion lead me to start this piece that will end up being at least 12x12" (double digits all around - yea). It uses all my hand dyed fabric and is hand appliqued. It's about ready for some free motion quilting and then the embellishments will start. It looks kind of cool in my mind's eye.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Not Bigger Than a Breadbox
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Second Cairns - Inukshuk
These markers vary in shape and size, and were (are) created to perform different functions. They are symbols with deep roots in the Inuit culture of the far north. Obviously they serve as directional markers but are also considered beacons and portals that signify safety, hope and friendship.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Listening to the Spirit
Above is another 4x6’er I created last year. Maybe I could work on presenting these in a larger format – attach them to fabric frames then to painted canvases? This way I could have my cake and eat it too (carrot cake with cream cheese frosting please).