19 May

The Gloaming

My wonderful circle of friends and I will be exhibiting together in June for the first time! I won’t be able to attend the reception, but I highly encourage anyone in the NY area to go. We created work based on the evocative colors of the gloaming, and it should be wonderful!

The Gloaming is a presentation of contemporary art, inspired by the magical time betwixt day and night, eliciting myriad transitions. The art is manifested in fiber-based media, from cloth to paper and plastic, in sizes large and small.

The five artists in this group show hail from across the United States. They initially came to know one another through artist groups on the internet; later, more personal conversations ensued and friendships were born. This is the group’s first collaborative exhibition though individually, each artist has shown work in juried art exhibitions and been published.

Gloaming Flyer web
05 May

Quilting

I sat down to quilt this morning and realized that in the last few weeks I have used all three main methods of quilting.

 

Hand Quilt

Currently, my evening knitting has been supplanted by hand quilting on a scrappy, somewhat traditional quilt in the works. I’m using a heavy-ish thread and big stitches for a rustic look. I’m even using my big PVC quilting frame! It all feels so old school, but appropriate for this particular piece.

 

 

Longarm Quilt

On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve also been renting time at a sort of local long arm quilting machine shop. I warmed up on some scrappy quilts, but my main purpose is to test out options for a custom quilt idea I have. I’ve decided that what I like best about the long arm machines are the “channel lock” option and the digitally guided designs — these are both things that I just can’t do on my domestic machine and they give a completely different look than what I can do at home.

 

 

Machine Quilt 2

And then there’s the quilting I can do at home on my domestic machine. Sometimes it’s frustrating to cram a big quilt into the machine, but it’s always there, ready when I am, and at no cost other than my original purchase of the machine. I can do free motion, I can choose straight(ish) lines. I can quilt quilts, or I can stitch up Kitchen Superheroes. I can use a wide variety of threads.

There is a time and a place for all types of quilting. In the last month I’ve worked on all the projects shown here, varied as they are. I am glad that I have taken the time over the years to become at least a little proficient at all these approaches, as it allows me to choose the appropriate one for whatever my project is.

 

20 Apr

Stitchy Ladies

This series needs a better name. They started out as Sassy Housewives, but also have been called Kitchen Superheroes and there’s Jilted Lovers too. I guess Sassy Housewives still fits, but it sounds a little like an adult video title. Anyway, I have completed six ladies and now I need to take a pause until I create more inspirational drawings. I could pay a model to pose for me, but I’m not ready to add that to my list of art “investments” yet. I’ve yet to get out from under all the framing I did for the run of figure drawing exhibits, and I’m investing in long arm quilting as professional development for my Modern Military Quilts project (I need to get back to this, but it won’t really happen until we move). I also need to get off my butt and update my website so that these ladies, along with lots of other (not so) new work can have their own gallery.

In the mean time, here are my six new studio friends:

Jilted Lover 1 web

Jilted Lover 1,  16″ x 20″  $350

 

Jilted Lover 2 web

Jilted Lover 2, 14″ x 18″  SOLD

 

Kitchen Superhero 1 web

Kitchen Superhero 1, 11″ x 14″  $300

 

Kitchen Superhero 2 web_Bubbles

Kitchen Superhero 2 (Bubbles), 12″ x 16″  $325

 

 

Clean Sweep web

Clean Sweep, 20″ x 20″  $350

 

Nice Jug web

Nice Jug, 11″ x 14″  $300

 

30 Mar

1000 Quilt Inspirations

Have you seen this book yet?

1000 Quilt Blocks book

It is chock full of quilt blocks and details for one to peruse. It’s by no means definitive (the quilt world is just too too huge for that), but there’s plenty to catch the eye. The book is divided into sections: Traditional, Modern, Pictorial Art Quilt, and Abstract Art Quilt. The traditional section sometimes leans towards the arty, and I doubt any hard core Modern quilter would see themselves in the Modern section. Really, the sections are there to add a little structure, and that’s OK. Given that author Sandra Sider is an art quilter, I’m not at all surprised at the leanings of the book. That’s also OK. It’s a book of inspiration, and it provides plenty.

 

100 quilt blocks inside

I have three pieces in the book — all from the Twelve by Twelve Colorplay series. Fellow Twelves Brenda Gael Smith and Deborah Boschert have work in the book too!

It’s a nice resource when you want to browse for inspiration. The book can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or through the publisher themselves.

21 Mar

Mementos

The latest addition to my Army Wife series. This is a collection of seven vintage hankies representing the seven deployments my husband had during his nearly 20 year military career. These were not the only times he was away from home, just the ones categorized as deployments. And I’m not presenting seven as an outrageous number to be pitied — it’s just a fact. In fact, it’s probably about average these days, especially since these deployments lasted anywhere from four to twelve months.

Hankie WIP 1

 

 

I was inspired by photographs of eyes I saw mounted in jewelry settings as pendants or pins, meant to be mementos of absent loved ones. The pieces I saw were from the early days of photography, but my understanding is that the practice of wearing images of the eyes of loved ones dates even further back. The idea seemed appropriate for my series.

Hankie WIP 2

 

I chose to put my eyes on hankies because I work in textiles, not jewelry, and because the retro look of these vintage hankies is already present in my other aprons and quilts. I’ve already appropriated WWII era aesthetics into my visual language. I chose to use a different eye photo for each hankie to emphasize that each deployment was a separate event. It was not so easy to find photos from circa 1996 and 1998 to scan and enlarge for the eyes!Hankie WIP 3

 

The collection will debut at the Homefront and Downrange show at the Arts Council of Moore County in June. They will be displayed in a table vitrine to emulate the look of opening a dresser drawer to access the collection.

Hankie WIP 4

27 Feb

Figure Friday

We had another snow day, but this time drawing session was cancelled. Our instructions were to draw the dog or cat at home, but I’m going to share one of my stitchy ladies.

Jilted Lover 1sm

“Jilted Lover 1″ by Kristin La Flamme 16″x 20”

She may be my favorite so far. I’ve got two more in progress though, using drawings from this session, and concentrating the embroidery on the negative spaces.

 

Jilted Lover det Cafe

 

13 Feb

Figure Friday

This week’s session was good. We had one of my favorite models — the one who dresses up and inspires me to infuse stories into my drawings. No dressing up today, but lots of twisty, fun, challenging poses to draw.

Figure Drawing 2.12.15

Figure Drawing 2.12.15

 

It was almost like I had spent all week with this model. I’ve been working on transforming some of my drawings into stitched versions. This one isn’t her:

Clean Sweep sm

Clean Sweep, 20″x 20″

But this one is:

Kitchen Superhero Stitched sm

Kitchen Superhero, 11″x 14″

 

This one is her too:

Untitled

 

I’m not sure where these stitched drawings are leading, but it was an idea I needed to pursue. I’m trying to finish this last one (the original drawing is one of the Jilted Lovers with a knife) in time to submit to Fantastic Fibers at the Yeiser Art Center in Kentucky.

Untitled

 

After that I’ll need to focus my attention on updating my web site. if things are wonky here next week, just know it’s me futzing around and things should get back to normal soon — hopefully with additional galleries of my more recent work!