08 Jun

Half Light

While I was setting up and celebrating Homefront & Downrange in North Carolina, my friends and co-conspirators Natalya Aikens and Vivien Zepf were setting up a group show of our work, plus that of two more in the circle, Robin Ferrier and Deborah Boschert.

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. We 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.

We each included one larger piece and one 12″ x 12″ piece, all inspired by the colors of the gloaming — that period just as the sun sets when glowing gold mixes with twilight blue. My piece was inspired by the prominent transition in my life right now, my husband’s retirement from the Army. When I started the piece it was loosely based on a flag, with the structure of the stripes going dark in deep blues, purples and greens. The straight stripes was contrasted with an exuberant field of oranges and golds representing the possibilities awaiting in the next day. I was nearly finished when I decided that it was boring me and what I really wanted to do was to work on an improvisational scrap piece that was waiting for me to take a break from artworks with deadlines and purposes.

Half Light Medallion web

 

Half Light Medallion, by Kristin La Flamme 2015

So I changed course, and started fresh. I dumped out all my scraps in Gloaming colors and proceeded to make a new piece, starting from the center out in a Medallion Quilt style. While this one is conceptually further from my original intent, it still retains a bit of structure in the center, which dissolves into scrappy chaos, and then a casual twilight of spiky challenges next to peaceful star-filled spaces.It’s a little bit landscape, and a little bit reflection on transitions. Mostly it was a whole lot of fun to make as I figured it out as I went along.

If you are within visiting distance of Larchmont, NY, please come and see all our pieces on view from now until June 30th. Vivien and Natalya will be giving an artist’s talk on the 14th from 2-4pm. Please come.

June 2nd – 30th, 2015
Etui Fiber Arts
2106 Boston Post Road
Larchmont, NY

 

31 May

Homefront & Downrange

It’s almost here! The day after tomorrow, I’m packing up my show and on Wednesday I’ll drive to North Carolina to set it up. There are all kinds of events planned around the event, to include  two receptions, a talk at a major sponsor’s place, hosting a SAQA regional meeting, a special military day (which sadly, I won’t be able to attend), and what is sure to be a fantastic exhibit with my textile art, photos by Hunter Rudd, and selected pieces from the Combat Paper project.

Homefront & Downrange

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June 5th – July 10th, 2015
Arts Council of Moore County
Campbell House
482 East Connecticut Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Using art as a catalyst for conversation, reflection, discovery, and education, HOMEFRONT & DOWNRANGE will take a deep and personal look at many aspects of military life:

An Army wife’s story through narrative textiles by Kristin La Flamme; A soldier’s story through photographs by Hunter Rudd; The story of returning home from combat through artwork selected from the Combat Paper Project; The story of military children through artwork selected by the Military Child Education Coalition.

25 May

Quilt National ’15

First off, nothing beats seeing your own work on display. It always looks better at a venue than it does stuffed somewhere in the studio. Context helps too. Needless to say, seeing any artwork in person is better than online or in a book. That’s not always practical, but it is so worth it when possible.

QN 1

 

Second,  the whole weekend series of events around Quilt National was fun. Like going to the IQF quilt show in Houston, there’s inspirational work to see, but much of the adventure is about meeting one’s peers and connecting over shared experiences and insightful conversations. Quilt National is the premier show for contemporary art quilts, and much more than the basically traditional IQF, or QuiltCon shows, this is my element. Gallery type shows like this, Art Quilt Elements, Visions, and the like are where my work fits best, and where I can connect with peers who approach to their work in a mindset similar to my own (that’s not to say any group is exclusive or monolithic).

QN 2

It’s great to see old friends and acquaintances and to make new ones. I made the trip with my good friends Lorie McCown, who had work in the show too, and Jill Kertulla who was just plain curious about this art quilt world she’s recently entered. I love seeing Betty Busby everywhere I go. Her smiling face and welcoming attitude is just a joy. And now I can add Maria Shell amongst others to my growing list of inspiring ladies I know. And yes, there was a lot of laughter and silliness with these ladies and more.

QN 3

Here’s Juror Rosalie Dace talking to Betty about the scale of Betty’s fantastic vessel. That may really be what the weekend was about: three days of talking to each other about all aspects of our art. So so so fun and interesting and fulfilling.

QN 4

In addition to the small group chats that happen organically  at the meal table, and with a glass of wine by the pool, or on a walk between the Barn and the hotel, each artist attending had the opportunity to talk more formally about their specific piece. These two minute recordings will soon be available to view via the Dairy Barn website. My photo of Deidre Adams was unflattering so yo only get to see teeny tiny Deidre on the camera. Her work is one of those that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

QN 5a

Here’s Inge Hüber’s work two ways. What often gets lost in photos is that the colors shift as you view it from different angles.

QN 5b

 

Diane Nuñez’s dimensional work grew when installed because the lighting adds wonderful patterns to the floor.

QN 6

 

I only took photos with my phone, and didn’t even spend much time at that, really wanting to soak up the people while I could. Rather than share crappy photos of peoples’ beautiful work, I’ll just show a few details that caught my eye and suggest that those interested can seek out better images via each artist.

 

QN 8

The splatters and thin lines of Sandra Poteet’s “Open Spaces” intrigued me.

 

QN 7

The lovely drawing and spare stitches in Kate Gorman’s “A Keeper of Secrets and Parakeets” reminds me of the delicate illustration style that is popular in other arenas.

 

QN 9

“Femoral Fracture: A Fall” by Helen Geglio was full of lovely hand stitched detail, as is my friend Lorie’s work “The Story Quilt.” We decided the two pieces must be cousins.

 

QN 10

Pam RuBert’s “London – Wish You Were Hair” included a fun surprise.

Overall, I thought the show was of consistent and high quality. The jurors gave a talk on Saturday and were unanimous in stating that they picked the best work from what was presented, without regard to ratios, themes, or trends. Just art that had good visual impact and something that made you want to come back and learn more. With that I’m heading back to my regular life, but now with my creative tank full, and hopefully ready to contemplate and then create more worthy art.

25 May

‘Murica

I am proud to say that ‘Murica, from my Security Blanket series, is part of Quilt National ’15, the nineteenth international juried competition for new, innovative quilts, and that I can now share it publicly!

Murica horiz web

The flag is made up of many guns appliquéd from used clothing and other household textiles, and then outlined in a variety of hand embroidered stitches commonly used on crazy quilts.

Murica_detail

I think it’s pretty self explanatory. For me, it essentially represents America’s obsession with guns, and specifically the craziness of the human toll it takes in the name of safety. Hopefully it’s open enough that others are able to infuse some of their own interpretations as well. I hope it’s a conversation starter.

This quilt and many others in a variety of aesthetic approaches and subject matter can be seen in the cloth from May 23rd – September 7th, 2015 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center, and then in smaller traveling groups for the next two years.

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
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

 

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!

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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