30 Sep

Homefront & Downrange Gets Press

My show, The Army Wife will be growing bigger and better in North Carolina next June. My work will be paired with photos by Hunter Rudd, and hopefully selected pieces by The Combat Paper Project. The Arts Council of Moore County, our venue, will also be hosting a military appreciation day in conjunction with the show opening, and hopefully will be able to coordinate a community workshop project with the Combat Paper Team. At this point, we are all looking for help in funding this event, and to that end, the Moore County newspaper, The Pilot, has been kind enough to write an informative front page article about us! Already it has garnered ACMC at least one generous donation. I am so excited to see this show come together, and to see it reach out to an entire community. I’m especially thankful to Chris of ACMC and my friend Nanette who conceptualized the event and are doing the lion’s share of coordination work to make it happen.

 

Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

Welcome Home, Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

 

Somewhat related, I have been invited to show a few pieces (Suck it Up and three aprons) at the annual Arts and Healing exhibit at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. I’ve also been asked to speak about my work on October 16th. The event is at 3:00 for anyone who would want to come. Last year(ish), two aprons were on display across the street at the National Institutes of Health. Through that opportunity, I met the director of the Healing Arts show (and much much more) at Walter Reed. You really never know where connections will come from and what they will lead to. I’m still working on what I want to say. I have no problem talking about the evolution of my work, but I’m less confident when it comes to how my work relates to healing. The Army Wife series came out of frustration and anonymity, and though it wasn’t exactly cathartic, I think it came from a similar place as work that is typically considered cathartic. Good thing I have a few weeks still to figure it out.

26 Sep

Quilting Arts!

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The October/November issue is in stores now, and I have not one, but two pieces in it! QA gave Dinner@8 Artists a nice write up and features seven of the 33 pieces in the show. My Selfie was one of the seven. I’m pleased that they included a detail photo as well as the overall piece since my quilt is so much about the myriad fabrics that make it up. I went to the framing store to pick up some artwork today, and one of the ladies there is also a fiber artist. She had already read this issue of QA and recognized my work. We talked about the piece a bit, and she hadn’t realized that it included a square from every fabric in my stash. I was VERY brief with my statement, so maybe I should have written more. Or maybe all those fabrics will be a secret to uncover while enjoying the patchwork.

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The exhibit will debut at the Houston quilt show in October/November. I plan on going with my friend Deborah and am looking forward to not only talking to people about the show, but meeting other quilt artists whose work I admire. I love putting names to faces, so if you’re going to Houston too, let me know.

As an extra added bonus, one of the “Breast Pockets” I made for Melanie Testa’s project is featured in the magazine too (as are pockets by friends Natalya and Vivien)

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And if that’s not enough, yet another friend, Lorie, is a featured artist in the same issue! Obviously, this issue is a must-buy, collectors item.

16 Sep

Art and Friends

Weekend before last I drove to New York on a bit of a whim. As part of the online group 8 That Create, I had work in a small show at Etui Fiber Arts gallery in Larchmont. The reception was on a Sunday afternoon, and normally I wouldn’t drive 6+ hours just for a reception, but my good friend Natalya suggested I stay with her and we get some visiting time in. Time with friends is definitely worth a drive.

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It goes without saying that Natalya and I had a lovely time taking about art, looking at each other’s creations, laughing a lot, and commiserating.  The show at Etui was equally as wonderful. As a group we weren’t quite sure how all our work fit together, but by focusing on the fine details in all of our works, it came together perfectly. It doesn’t hurt that Etui has a bright, open, elegant space for it’s gallery. It is also a yarn shop and that section is pretty classy as well.

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There were plenty of people coming to admire the work. The atmosphere was very convivial. On the wall are my works and Natalya’s, which work super together as they are all architectural.

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I had met fellow artist Benedicte Caniell last Spring at Art Quilt Elements so it was a treat to spend more time with her at and after the reception. She drove me around Larchmont and to a gorgeous park on Long Island Sound. It was a perfect day and many people were out enjoying the great weather and scenery.

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We also went to Benedicte’s house and enjoyed a toast in her and her husband’s charming garden. I look forward to more visits in the future with my ever expanding circle of artist friends.

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While in the area, I also stopped at the Katonah Museum of Art to see the exhibit of Icelandic Artists. It was a small but well conceived exhibit and definitely worth the trip to see. My friend Vivien is one of the docents and I only wish that she had been there that weekend so I could join one of her tours, but she was out of town. Next time.

And because one weekend with friends isn’t enough, I drove to Frederickburg yesterday to have lunch with my gal pal Lorie. She showed me the new co-op gallery she’s part of and I got a sneak peek at her Quilt National entries (I got to see Natalya’s too while in NY, and Lotta’s two weeks ago). From what I’ve seen from my friends, the jurors will have plenty of great and varied work to choose from. It’s too bad we can’t share our creative process while working on these pieces because they are full of heart and soul.

Today is lunch with Nanette. I love being in the middle of things — without an ocean between my friends and our happenings.

 

04 Sep

Small Wonders at Etui Fiber Arts

Small Wonders at Etui

 

Diminutive bugs and birds, petite scale, delicate details of line and stitch – all in tiny treasures on view at Etui Gallery during the month of September, 2014. Eight artists brought together by a love of fabric and stitch show off their varied approaches to mixed media textiles in this exhibit of small works. Layers of machine and hand stitching intimately render buildings and homes both in Natalya Aikens’ works, which incorporate recycled ephemera, and in Kristin La Flamme’s fabric collages. Benedicte Caneill’s work incorporates impeccably sewn pieces of her monoprinted fabrics to create dancing compositions of color and line. Jane Davila and Gloria Hansen turn their focus on small-scale flora and fauna with an eye to graphic simplicity and macro photography respectively. Carol Sloan, Liz Kettle, and Beryl Taylor round out the collection with tantalizing layers of intriguing fabrics, delicate paper, painted textures, wee stitches, and tiny details that draw the viewer in for a closer look.

Many thanks to Jane for making this exhibit happen, and to Natalya and Benedicte for hanging the show. Please check out Natalya’s photos on the 8 That Create blog! I’m toying with the idea of going up to NY for the opening. Anyone else who can be in Larchmont Sunday mid-day should come by! The show is up until October 15th, so there’s time to go see it after the reception as well.