09 Feb

Improv Handbook: The Process

Last year I volunteered to be a test quilter for Sherri Lynn Wood’s upcoming book The Improv Handbook (it will debut at QuiltCon and be available through Amazon on March 17th). What appealed to me in Sherri’s proposal was that the book would not have specific how-to patterns, but would inspire makers to create their own designs based on inspirational “scores.” Examples in the book were to be in a range of styles and experience levels. Ultimately, my quilt did not make it into the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed making it — and only wish I had had more time to commit to the process because the more I worked on the score, the more options emerged. I could have easily made three quilts from the ideas that were spurred by the prompts in the Flying Geese score I was assigned.

So, here’s a glimpse of how I made my quilt “Nene” (named for the state bird of Hawai’i which happens to be a type of goose).
The begining
I chose fabrics based on a favorite painting in the room where I was likely to use the quilt.

Kunia Painting

 

 

Sewing a Flying Geese block
Then I made a bunch of flying Geese blocks (without measuring or using rulers).

 

Flying Geese block
What if I stretched out the proportions?

 

Improvisational Flying Geese
What if I “outlined” the geese? I really wish I had made a bunch more of these. As I ran out of time, I wanted to make a whole quilt with just this style block.

 

Flying Geese blocks
I made lots of geese.

 

Improv Flying Geese blocks
I made so many that I had lots of leftovers.

 

"Nene" in progress
I started out thinking I might make an abstracted version of the landscape in the painting.

 

Improv Dutchman's Puzzle block
But I made some Dutchman’s Puzzle blocks and liked where that was going.

 

"Nene" quilt in progress
They looked pretty good alternating with solid color blocks. That might be too tame though.

 

"Nene" quilt
Ultimately my quilt became something between the two ideas. Clusters of more complicated blocks, surrounded by larger swaths of fabric, vaguely reminiscent of a landscape.

 

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“Nene” detail.

I have not seen The Improv Handbook yet, but based on my experience as a test quilter, I am very much looking forward to seeing the final product. I wish Sherri all the best and hope that her book is a smash hit at QuiltCon!

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08 Feb

Home Fires at Etui Fiber Arts

Last weekend I drove up to New York to hang my exhibit Home Fires at Etui Fiber Arts. We had a reception on Sunday which was unfortunately quiet — probably because of the impending storm and the Superbowl. The show looks fantastic though. The space is light and bright and shows off my work so well. The great news is that the show has been extended and will be on view at Etui until March 14th! We will have an artist talk on the 14th as well as a workshop by my friend Natalya Aikens, and an opportunity to just hang out and work on stitched or knitted projects. So, if you missed the opening reception, please join us for a closing party in March! And, of course, one can see the show any time between now and then.

Home Fires Exhibit

 

I would be remiss if I didn’t also say that Natalya was instrumental in helping me hang this show. She’s awesome. Plus, I got to hang out with her all week-end which is great. We went to the Katonah Museum of Art to see their current exhibit Line Describing a Cone, which was quite fascinating. It’s great to go to an exhibit with a friend and be able to discuss what we’re experiencing. We both really liked a very organic piece made with zip ties, and I liked a sculpture defined by light, while she was entranced by an installation with mirrors.  For most of the weekend (and bonus snow day) we talked and talked and talked, and, as happens every time we’re together, I came away with an inspired list of things to work on and new enthusiasm for my work. Artist play dates are great and I am so thankful that I have a group of wonderful artist girlfriends who all inspire me every day. I look forward to returning in March.

 

Home Fires Exhibit

Home Fires Exhibit

Home Fires Exhibit

Home Fires at Etui

07 Feb

Fiber Art 100 Sucess!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Virginia Spiegel’s Fiber Art for a Cause 100 fundraiser to fight cancer.

1 Day – 100 Artists – 100 Patrons – $10,000
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Opens 10 a.m. Central

The fundraiser raised $10,380 in just 2.5 hours, helping Virginia reach her goal of raising more than one-quarter million dollars over the last ten years!

My donation is Heart House will soon be on it’s way to one lucky donor. I’m pleased to have been a part of this worthy cause.

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06 Feb

Figure Friday

Life Drawing: Theme and Variation

Check it out, McGuffey Art Center’s Figure Drawing: Theme and Variation is now an annual show! This year it is in the main gallery and it’s looking great. Many styles and media are represented and everyone outdid themselves with the quality of work. It’s also great fun to ferret out the same poses drawn from different angles by different artists.

On one of the movable walls is my stitched drawing, “Nice Jug.” Not seen in this photo is one of the drawings I later added stenciled texture to.

 

 

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As if that weren’t enough, on the back wall I have three more drawings! One Jilted Lover, an oil pastel, and a charcoal drawing.

Life Drawing: Theme and Variation

 

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Join us for the opening reception tonight at McGuffey Art center, Charlottesville, VA from 5:30 to 7:30. Or, see the show throughout the month of February, 2015.

05 Feb

Privacy in America Group Show

Privacy in America is hung and already inspiring closer looks and conversation.

On the wall is “Temporary Safety” which was nearly done when the show was conceived and just perfect for the theme. I couldn’t be happier to finally see it hanging with other work asking similar questions.

Privacy in America Group Show

My work is just two Security Blankets hung with paintings, drawings, assemblages, and sculpture by my talented peers at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA. I have not previously shown my newest work, Exposed, in it’s entirety. It is two-sided and big and thus a pain to photograph, so I didn’t even bother. I will have it professionally photographed at the end of the show, but for now, in situ photos are as good as it gets. I am so happy with the way the exhibition comittee hung this piece. It really commands the hallway gallery.

 

Privacy in America Group Show

 

Please join us for a First Friday reception on February 6th from 5:30 to 7:30. If you can’t make it to the opening, the show will be on view through the month of February.

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02 Feb

Don’t Forget! Fiber Art for a Cause 100

It’s just about time! Wednesday Feb 4th is Virginia Spiegel’s Fiber Art for a Cause 100 fundraiser to fight cancer.

1 Day – 100 Artists – 100 Patrons – $10,000
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Opens 10 a.m. Central

How The Fundraiser Works

The first 100 people to contact Virginia beginning at 10 a.m. Central on February 4th will be given a link to donate $100 directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause. Each donor will receive an artwork from one of the 100 generous and talented artists participating. Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator. This is a great chance to collect a piece of art from one of 100 exciting fiber artists.

Check out many of the donated artworks on Pinterest (click the link).  My donation is Heart House shown below. Be one of the first 100 donors on Wednesday for a chance to add Heart House to your house.

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Questions? See all the details at VFFAC The 100.

Special Note: Our goal of $10,000 will make Fiberart For A Cause’s donations to the American Cancer Society a nice even one-quarter of a million dollars.