Time Passes

Continuing to shelter in place here, though we are able to walk in the neighborhood, keeping our distance, of course.

Visions Art Museum‘s first member challenge, I mentioned in my previous post, will be over soon though member may continue to make Five Fiber Tags and post them.

These are the sample tags I prompted the members with.

Here is the how-to demo for a fourth tag. I enjoyed making these tags but usually couldn’t stop at five fibers!

I understand that many members may have been busy making masks and may not have had time to take on this challenge. The next VAM challenge will be developed by someone else and as I understand will be extra special, so I hope to participate and will share more about it when I can.

In developing these projects/challenges, we must remember that they are created with the understanding that the participants will be using what they have on hand, which I think, makes it even more fun seeing what they come up with.

I’ve finished the samples for the project that may be announced April. Here is a tease for that one…

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you stay healthy and safe.

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Taking it all in

We all are living in challenging times. I hope you are safe and healthy and following the recommendations of the smartest people in charge.

I’ve often heard or read that artists should not hold up in their studios but instead be out there sharing, showing, mingling. I have never been very good at the latter. I see now that we are under quarantine, this will be easier for me than many others because I have had the privilege of hiding out in my studio!

Some good news… My Reclinaconda piece that has been on exhibit at Visions Art Museum sold!

Also, because Visions Art Museum will be closed during the pandemic, they will be having online activities for their members. I’m happy to say I’ll be apart of designing the online activities. Sunday the first activity will begin, here is a sneak peek of one of my challenge project samples.

Lots of fiber goodness!

It has been interesting thinking up challenges/activities because it’s not like teaching; when you can just say “You will need these supplies and materials” and know participants can usually just run out to get them. These are short run activities and there wouldn’t be time to order and wait for delivery (maybe if they can afford to pay for speedy delivery). I have to think what someone may have on hand and not all members are quilters or artists.

It does help me feel that, in a small way, I’m helping some people get through. The challenge runs for one week, I’ll share more after this first one ends.

Thanks for stopping by and please take care.

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Painted Leaves

Painting leaves on fabric using actual paint. I usually teach and paint my leaves using NeoColor two wax pastels but because these were going on an apron that will be washed I decided to use Jacquard Textile Color painted.

Please realize this is an abstract, simple, and I think fun painting project, no fine art here!

I stiffened the fabric with Terial Magic but ironing the fabric onto freezer paper could also work for stabilizing it.

The apron is black which made it difficult to see but I hope I added enough explanation and close-ups to make what I was demonstrated understandable. Needless to say my next project won’t be on black fabric.

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Painted Border and More

I finally have a camera set up at my Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen quilting machine so hopefully more free motion videos will be coming to my YouTube channel.

Here are the two most recent. One quilting a simple carrot and another painting a border after free motion quilting it. Enjoy!

Read about this hat block here https://fiberdesignsbyann.com/blog/?p=2012
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Wild Comfort

A while back Visions Art Museum had challenge call to their members with the theme being Wild Comfort. I immediately came up with an idea; feet in slippers up on an ottoman with curtain backdrop, all animal prints.

Then time passed, holidays, leaky roof, extending a fence, my sewing machine started *ghost sewing, and more, which all got in the way of me starting the quilt. It had to be just 14″ square and I’m sure many could finish it in a day but I often have this problem with over thinking and of having an idea but no plan as to how to execute it in fabric.

Anyway, about a week before the deadline I decide to just move forward and if it didn’t turn out or it ended badly, I just wouldn’t submit it. I ended up finishing before the deadline and I liked my little art quilt.

I painted zebra stripes for the curtain and added yarn trim to the lower edge. I painted the wooden floor and quilted grain lines.

Later vetoed the black socks

I was using actual black socks but in the end decided they were too heavy in appearance. The lounge pants are made from a pair of pajama bottoms.

Because I’m still very comfortable with handwork and knew I wouldn’t be able to get the best results using the machine I decided to do a hand blanket stitch (on two layers of felt), and while I was at it I hand appliqued the slipper on the right before I machine quilted it. That was so I could stuff it with wool batting, something I hadn’t planned to do… cuz, you know, no plan.

Instead of the black socks I used some sweet flannel with soft pink poke-a-dots that was leftover from the last baby quilt I made butI painted over the dots using bright pink and made paw prints.

The piping on the ottoman was just black fabric covered cord and adding it to the fleece was not fun. It caused me to think the title should have been – What was I thinking, that fleece will never block! But for this little art quilt and the theme, my daughter came up with the perfect title: Reclinaconda

Reclinaconda part of the Member Challenge exhibit at Visions Art Museum Jan.18 – April 5, 2020

*Ghost sewing (according to me) is when the sewing machine just goes, on it’s own, and fast! It may just be a sensor thing. After cleaning the foot pedal and the bobbin, thankfully I was able to get rid of the ghost and finish this quilt!

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‘Tis the Season…

… for leaky roofs! We don’t get a lot of rain here but when we do there are always surprises, but that’s another story, I’ll spare you.

Last post I mentioned Susan Lenz because we each had pieces in the Visions Art Museum Day of the Dead exhibit. Not too long ago I sent Susan some vintage pieces that came to me via VAM. She has already used them in one of her art quilt pieces. Not only a talented artist, Susan is a wonderful writer and story telling. If you haven’t visited her blog, I would highly recommend it.

It’s always the season for creating art whether there’s rain, shine or snow! Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching my Fabric and Fiber Collage class at VAM. The participants were a fun group and their collage pieces were inspiring to me! I seem to always learn something from the students. Here is a bit from the class…

Sometimes a loop can make all the difference.
The Director of VAM, Laura Mitchell, as she put it, “…in her happy place!”
The flower center for one person may make great petal tips for another.
One dragonfly or more? It’s up to each participant to decide for their piece.
Two and they don’t have to match!
It’s fun to share thoughts and ideas with each other.
Some were artists when they entered the gallery, everyone was when they left.
Not shy, just letting her lovely layers take front and center.
There were some wonderful surprises – This flower center for example.

Teaching, the prep, and all, can be exhausting, but seeing results like these makes it worth it! Thank you to each of the participants.

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Museum Visit

The Day of the Dead exhibit is over but I did get there to see it and the other four fantastic exhibit on display at Visions Art Museum (in partnership with New Americans Museum).

Unmasking the Soul detail

When I walked in the first thing I noticed was actually the piece next to mine, it was so unique, the look of texture was striking …

I was surprised to discover that it was by artist Susan Lenz, whose work I admire. Even though we’ve never met, we chatted a bit (via blog comments and PM) about entering, and she has given me permission to share it here. I’m sorry none of my pictures do it justice.

This was in the Spotlight Gallery (You may be able to tell!)

It is always exciting to have work exhibited and Visions Art Museum is a beautiful museum. It is feels intimate and inviting, and there are amazing and beautiful artist made one-of-a-kind gifts in their gift shop.

Next up – I’m teaching a fabric and fiber collage class at VAM in December!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Altered State

We live in a state that is sadly very much on fire. I have family and friends who have lost everything in past fires. It’s the one time I appreciate that I live in a built up area of the city, which (usually) makes it less likely fires will be big and bad. The fact that we live a few blocks from a fire stations helps too. I’m so thankful for fire and recuse workers.

But to get back to happier thoughts… I’m working on an altered bottle with a seashell theme at the moment. I’ll share more pictures, maybe video later (hard to have gesso and gel medium hands and work the video equipment!)…

But for now here are some images of my first one, sort of steampunk – Beer, golf, and dogs themed because my son recently produced a fundraising video for a soon to open brewery with those themes.

Being a fiber artist I did use – fabric (greens are faux suede with real sandpaper sand trap), and textiles (leather scraps for collar and golf bag strap), produce bag (net), fiber (Unryu paper for good background texture), and paper clay (for the battered golf ball crown). Added metal odds and ends I had around the house/shed.

Before black gesso
After black gesso, copper, and patina paint.
I discovered a little container with leftover paint mixture and it made the perfect patina!

This was a challenging but really fun project and I’m happy with the results. Have you made any type of altered bottle or jars?

Thanks for stopping by.

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October Happenings

This month has flown by and I hope it’s not because at the end I’ll be a year older, haha!

I taught a fun painted leaves class early in the month. My Unmasking the Soul piece is hanging at VAM but I haven’t made it there yet. On the 12th I gave a presentation to a local quilt guild. I always seem to forget to have someone take photos with my camera.

Painting Fabric Leaves class at Visions Art Museum

Then I spend about a week and a half recovering from mosquito bites on both of my feet, my face, and arm. So I couldn’t wear shoes which meant instead of walking I worked on the project series I mentioned in my previous post (which I meant to post a week ago!).

I finished my little melted felt cups project. It’s a four part series and different from what I usually do, as it’s more a craft type project but it was fun and uses different fiber art and techniques. Who knows, I may even add these to an art quilt some day.

The series starts with the felt cups in part one, then part two is how to make the fabric envelope, part three is adding beads to the felt cups, and part four it painting leaves and applying the elements to the envelopes.

If you do watch the series and enjoy it, I hope you will give it a thumbs up, subscribe, and tap the bell there for new videos.

Thank you, I truly appreciate you stopping by.

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A Little Mixed Media

Below is a short video showing how I made the melted felt cups I used in my Unmasking the Soul piece. The video is the first in a series of simple steps to make this small mixed media decorative fabric envelope (gift tag, ornament, or ?).

Here are a couple more pieces where I have used these melted felt cups but flipped over.

Spore Fern
Detail. Notice the cups are used upside down with a French Knots instead of beads.
A mixed media sampler with a few upside down felt cups.
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