|It seems suitable to end this year with my quilt inspired by the word illumination. |
I incorporated my own photos, and many of my own dyed and painted fabrics.
May the holiday season bring peace and relaxation to all of you.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
My sister Sheila sent me this photo of herself (on the left), and two other sisters, Vicky and Marybeth. I think it was taken in the late fifties. So I am making a small quilt for each of them. I love how putting a photo on fabric gives it a new tactile incarnation. This one includes bits of lace and buttons from our mother's large collection. She was also a fiber artist who probably made the little dresses they are wearing.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
More and more I enjoy using my own photos in my quilts. I printed my photo of a reclining Buddha statue on copy paper which I placed face down on a piece of fabric. Then I wet it thoroughly with a sponge and rubbed it hard to transfer the image. Rather ghostly. I photographed the rusty kanji at sunset. It means The Way.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I went to university in San Francisco in the sixties. The music, the politics, the fashions, the philosophies of that era launched me into adulthood. I scripted the names of my favorite bands onto the tie dye fabric with bleach. I painted the other fabrics to represent the turbulence of the Vietnam war. (There's also some metaphorical grass.) The sandhill cranes taking off were photographed by my husband and I printed them on more hand dyed fabric. The sixties were the wind beneath my wings. Peace.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This quilt contains my photos of graffiti in Europe, and my hand-painted, monoprinted, and flour resist painted fabrics. The title is from a specific piece of graffiti I saw in Birmingham, England. With simple construction, I wanted to capture the scattered complexity of graffiti art we glimpse as we speed by.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
A guild challenge was to create an asymmetrical composition that illustrates the term merry. To create the silhouette, I used a photo of my 8 year old niece Jacey happily performing a cartwheel.
She's backed by a fabric I hand painted, and I'm pleased to say that I won the Best Use of Term award.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Ardi, or Ardipithecus Ramidus, lived 5 million years ago in Africa. She was a hominid, one step in the evolution of the human race. Her fossil skeleton is remarkably intact because her body was buried in the silt of a river. I assembled her "skeleton" life size (about 3 foot 11 inches) on a piece of indigo dyed fabric collected in West Africa. Her skull was very fractured so I hand embroidered her head. The symbol to left of her head is from Ghana, Sankofa or Go Back and Retrieve. It symbolizes wisdom, knowledge, and heritage. Based on a mythical bird that flies forward with its head turned back, it reminds people to value the past and carry it with us as we move forward in time. I created Ardi for a Women's History Month exhibit next year.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
My artist group, Loose Threads, is taking on monthly projects to make pieces with certain techniques that are also inspired by a word. The technique for July was fabric weaving and the inspirational word was "reflective." Using fabrics I dyed and painted myself, I wove the mandala. Then I photographed my garden statue of the meditating Buddha and printed it on silk. The lotus blossoms, a symbol of purity often associated with Buddha, are cut from commercial fabric.
This will be my last post for several weeks as I am traveling to Europe to see my "Blue Boobs Are Best" quilt at the International Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. Then I'm going to Germany and France to visit friends. While in Heidelberg, I'm giving a slide lecture to a quilt group. I sure hope my little memory stick holding 60 quilts does its job.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
A perfect tea bowl is one that is not perfect. There should be fascinating irregularities in the shape and glaze that evoke the earth from which it came. If filled with hot tea, it should allow your fingers to hold it gently but confidently so you can inhale the fragrance. As the tea cools, the bowl should seduce you to embrace it in your cupped hands. Just sitting on a shelf, a perfect tea bowl should remind you of the calm warmth of sipping tea.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I created this small panel to be part of a larger group quilt titled "Victory Garden".
Eleven other artists from California Fiber Artists are making panels and the whole piece will be assembled and quilted by our leader, Louise Schiele. It will be displayed at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California September, October, and November this year. Can't wait to see the entire quilt.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This strip was included in a "ribbon" quilt created by the members of Loose Threads, my artist group, for Adena's birthday. Looking around for some fabric in her favorite colors, I found this piece left over from painting my "Blue Boobs." It looked like a landscape and was a pleasure to quilt.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Although not actually a series, here is another "seeking" quilt. The tea bowls are a metaphor for the sometimes emotional journey to be an artist. To quote the late Leonard Cohen, "There is a crack in everything. That is how the light gets in."
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I attended the Studio Art Quilt Associates/Surface Design Association Conference in San Francisco last week where I studied with Yoshiko Wada. Her workshop was titled "Boro Transformed: Piecing, Patching, and Stitching." Boro is a very old Japanese custom of repairing, darning, patching old worn textiles to extend their lives. I worked on this old shirt I purchased at a thrift shop by hand stitching on some hand-dyed cheesecloth. What was intended to be an old shirt for painting now has been reinvented. Stay tuned for future additions as there are still lots of blank areas awaiting my needle.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
There is an obscenely huge island of plastic trash floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps we should be looking for more creative ways to use discarded plastic. We need bubbles, not bubble wrap, sparkling in the seas.
This piece is one third of a group triptych.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Playtime in the studio during my favorite season. The background is layered bits of threads and fabrics under tulle and heavily stitched. The fragmented leaves are painted and melted Lutradur. The whole leaves are Angelina film sandwiched in chiffon. Some are dangling from the top on beaded stems so they flutter in a breeze.