Before the Rabbit Hole

I’ve been dealing with self induced website problems. If you are seeing this it may mean all has recovered. It’s sort of a test post.

This is another stir crazy project for Visions Art Museum member challenge.

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Fabric Care Cards

As I mentioned in the previous post the Visions Art Museum member challenge for this week is special. Marty Ornish, a very talented garment (and more) artist, developed the challenge for this week. If you get a chance visit Marty’s website and take a look at her incredible creations.

Members were challenged to make cards with what they have. There were some specific guidelines. The plan is that the cards will go to Care facilities, willing to accept the cards for their residents, who at this time, aren’t able to have visitors.

This has been a fun challenge and diversion for me. Here are some of the cards I’ve made and a how-to video lesson for a mini fabric landscape card.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

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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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Fabric Play

I was thinking about making some winter cards so I was playing, with sun-printing (again) using leatherleaf ferns and Setasilk and then painting with Neo Color wax pastels. The first three are from the same large piece, I’m floating a card stock “window” over it to find an area I like.

I’m not sure where I’m going with those but I know the Neo Color pastel poinsettia is crying for some thread play. The pine cone was really an experiment and it’s just okay. I may have to fix the stem because the branch looks like a stem shadow (more pine needles?). I should have done a wash around it too; I don’t like the white area on the right. Maybe that would be a place for some white (tone on tone) embroidery or maybe free motion quilting.

      

And below is a poinsettia card I made for my aunt. I posted a card similar to this in the past but this one is a little different in that the leave/petals hang beyond the edge. I like this one better and I think my fabric quilled beads with French Knots make the perfect flowers.

As I was writing this post my daughter gave a little holler saying “Sky!” and if you know anything about my family you know that is the signal to go upstairs and out on our bedroom deck. It was to see this…

Always makes me want to paint fabric!

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Taking a walk…

One of my “kids” had an appointment and the other was going to the zoo to take photographs so I tagged along. I walked through Balboa Park which is where our world famous zoo is, stopping at the reflecting pond, it was nice to see this artist painting.

It was a beautiful day and the flowers were blooming pretty.

Looking back toward the artist

Speaking of flowers; here is a detail peek of my painted quilt (lighting not so good, sorry). See a reminder of what it looked like before it was a painted quilt.

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Snow and Art Quilts

The Mister and I recently took a road trip to visit family in Reno, Nevada. We have driven through heavy falling snow a couple times in the past; this was much more enjoyable. We were traveling after a storm, the hwy had been mostly plowed and was only a little icy. There was very little traffic and sky was gorgeous. These photos were taken using my cell phone, through the window while moving pretty fast, please excuse any blur. 

The smooth white land, sprinkled with black cows, horses, and odd old structures was spectacular. I must have said “It’s beautiful” one hundred times! It’s a nice place to visit but I don’t think I could live there. If you do, you are most certainly hardier than I!

At the side of the road the plow left a cut wall that, to me, looked like a slab of marble… miles and miles of marble!

Even though snow isn’t usually a part of my life, snowy scenes have found their way into some of my art quilts (with much artistic liberty ;<))

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Fabric Challenge and Swap

I was happy to learn that the fabric I submitted for the Quilting Art Fabric Challenge/Swap was published in their Dec 2016/Jan2017 magazine. They didn’t publish all of the submissions but I was impression by the variety and would love to be able to ask many of the artists how exactly they achieved their results.

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The way the challenge worked was for readers to create a fat quarter of fabric with original surface designs, submit it, and then they would receive a fat quarter made by another entrant. For more information see that QA link above.

I was so excited when I received a fat quarter created by Susan Price. Susan along with her business partner, Elizabeth, create original and custom Thermofax screens and sell their designs on Etsy at – PGFiber2art

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Susan explained that the fabric I received was snow dyed, pole-wrapped (Shibori) and then thermofax screen printed using her original photo called Birds on a Branch. I think it is beautiful! Thank you, Susan.

A short time after I received Susan’s fabric I received a “thank you” email from Pat Robertson, who was the recipient of my challenge fabric. As I looked through the magazine again, I discovered that the fabric Pat submitted was also published so I asked Pat to send me photos of her fabric. Pat was kind enough to also send photos of her process too. The steps are – Pre-treated fabric, snow pile, dye applied, processing, fabric accepting the dye, rinse, and beautiful results! Thank you, Pat.

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Fiber and Wood

I know technically wood is fiber but in this case it is second to the fabric fiber. Here is one of my mini art quilts, from the flora series, mounted on acrylic and displayed on a pieces of (old pallet) hardwood. The top is hand appliqued because at that time I didn’t realize just how short life is! It is pillowcase turned and free-motion machine quilted (see back quilted here).

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They are heavy so I have added 1/2″ stick-on (drawer) bumper “feet” to protect the surface they are set on and to keep them from sliding around.

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Do you have a less than traditional way you display small art quilts? I’m going to do more mounting on canvas too.

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