Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Fabric Bowl



This is a new fabric bowl I made, using a new process shared by Hilde Morin on her blog.   I have made bowls before, but not the way she does,    She gave us a simple 2 fabric idea, but of course I had to change it up and try to add Circles.   I am pleased with this but learned a few things I would do differently next time...assuming there is a next time. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Silk Fusion

I have been watching several friends in my art group RAFA (find us on Facebook - rafa-rochester area fiber artists) exploring the process of silk fusion.   Hoping I remembered most of what they said, I decided to try the technique.   I purchased the silk roving fibers, textile medium, screening and set to work.    Of course, my experiment would have to be purple.   


The silk fibers look like this when they arrive....


After spreading and smoothing them across screening, I placed an identical sized screen on top and wet all the fibers with soapy water.    After being sure the fibers are thoroughly wet, I brushed the textile adhesive medium across the screen letting it sink into the fibers.   Flip the screen over and repeat,    Then you let it drive and wait for the magic,    After removing both pieces of screening this is what I got.

    It's a large textured piece of fiber....much like paper.

Now you are only limited by your imagination.   I chose to apply some fusible web and cut shapes to create a couple of pieces.  

  

I purchased my supplies and used the instructions at Treenway Silks.  You can also find YouTube videos showing the process.   I am hooked enough now that I bought some more colors to play with.    Can't wait for the, to arrive.  

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Winter Solstice 


Created from my wet cyanotypes pieces done last year.   These pieces were really "ice"cyanotype as I tried the process on a 10 degree day.    I brought in ice, which sat and melted into a pool of water, so I was skeptical as to what I would get.   However, once rinsed and dried, the transfer of greenery was there.   

Below are the individual blocks. This first of the blocks used a flower from my amaryllis plant.   When I brought it in, it was very dreamy and muted.    This was my result,   Since it was slightly pink originally, I quilted it with variegated pink thread and added some pink beads,  the next two are houseplant leaves.    All in all, a very fun and interesting process.  I have many more to play with from those I did last summer.  

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Amaryllis Blossom

Seems I'm doing more with my photography than quilting.   Anyway, I shared my Amaryllis bud last time.    This is what I got the next day when it opened!  



Friday, December 15, 2017

Amaryllis Time

It's time again......that time of year when I wait for the Amaryllis to bloom.    Sometimes it is a time of surprise because the color I think I picked is not the one I get.    The apple blossom variety is my favorite.   I've had every other color along the way, even though the box pictures that one,   This year it looks like I will get what I purchased.   The blooms are just getting ready to open.....after watching it grow to 34 inches.....the tallest one I have ever had or even seen,    It is well staked because it is now top heavy!



The first bud



A reference to how tall this thing is!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sumac

I'm working on some ideas to go with a poem I found.   I will share the poem later with my finished piece.   The essence of it is the changing scenes of November,   Always a gray month it seems and this year also very cold.   The poem deals with changing beauty that occurs within one month,   I started with a photo I had taken of some sumac which had changed into its glorious pink, orange and yellow colors.



I decided to use  dark green fabric I had and do some tile or mosaic appliqué on it to portray the greenery seen here,   In this process I appliqué strips that are 3/4 x 3 inches.    Placed on a handdyed background you can see the various shades coming through the spaces to give movement and variety.  




I then set out to appliqué leaf shapes onto this tiled background.   I used cording for the branches.   This is how it is right now,    I thought it was done, but now I'm not so sure.   I left plenty of fabric around the tiled area in case I want to go further.


So.....stay tuned to see how it evolves.   I will be starting another panel similar to this showing how November morphs into winter.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Off to Old Forge Arts Center...

I have two quilts that were juried into the annual quilt show in Old Forge, NY.  (Click on link to learn more).   If you get a chance to see this show, it is well worth the time to visit.   The Arts Center is a wonderful venue in a beautiful location in the Adirondack Mountains.

 Birches

This is from a photo I took of a Birch Tree in our neighborhood.   I have manipulated the photo in Photo Shop and had it printed onto fabric by Julie Brandon of Red-Dog Enterprises.  Free motion quilting accentuates the bark and the leaves.


  
Standing Tall

This is also a photo I took of my Watercolor Orchid.   This was also printed onto fabric by Julie Brandon of Red-Dog Enterprises.   Free motion quilting is used here also.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hibiscus Beauty

I have 4 beautiful hibiscus right now.   Two are hardy and two are tropical.   

This is my oldest one....I moved it to this house from our former house 7 years ago....so it is older than that.   With all the rain, it is thriving this year.  



So, deciding one was not enough, I recently bought a companion so it wouldn't be lonely...

   

Both of these of the hardy variety have blooms at least 8 inches in diameter. 

Then I have this tropical.....a variety called Mandarin Orange...


I said, I have 4.... and that is true.    The other one is yellow.   However, the resident deer decided they liked it more than I could and chewed it down,    It is rebounding and I am hopeful for more flowers before the season ends.   This is what it looked like before being eaten.....


In addition, here are two gorgeous hibiscus.   One is very small and it is a round bloom.   The other is huge after 3 years and it is called "Limelight".    It has the cone shaped blooms.  




Friday, August 11, 2017

Architecture Abstract

This week's photography class challenge was just way too much fun.   "Architecture Abstract".

My favorite way to shoot photos is to capture something that might not look like what it really is - or might zero in on a certain point as in "contemplative photography".  

This was the photo I chose to enter:   It is a stairway, manipulated in photoshop - the original picture is just below this one.

The following photos were my "also ran for contention".    I like any and all of them!   

 The original of this photo is a barn roof line, which has been mirrored, merged, flipped and rotated.    It reminds me of  a level of a Frank Lloy Wright House that might be cantilevered out into the landscape.

 This one is a stair way again - much the same process as the other stairway.   Mirrored, merged, flipped, rotated - all for interest.

The top dome of one of the buildings.    Mirror Imaged - it looks different depending on where your focus is.

This is just a rock wall - but love the texture.    It was taken last week - so technically should not be entered this week. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Journey of a fern leaf......wet cyanotype

So my old Blogger App has failed me,    Have downloaded a new one.....with of course a new learning curve......let's see how this goes!

I have been playing with some Wet cyanotype sheets......a process I read about on blog by Sue Reno.    I had some older various treated sheets and decided to try it out.  This is a Jacquard Sheet.   It seems to be heavily treated sateen.   This is the best of the Jacquard sheets I have gotten thus far.
    This was how it started......around 9:00 AM.   Fern leaf on slightly misted canvas.   Ready to sit outside and bake in the sun.

        A little later in the day
    24 hours later before washing.

     Rinsed and ready to dry.
      Fully dried.  

This is a total 36 hour process

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sacred Threads Quilt Show

These two quilts have been on display for the past 3 weeks at the Sacred Threads Show  in Herndon, VA.   The show was created by Vikki Pignatelli as a "safe place" to tell your story.   I am so honored to be part of this show.   It is a juried show for entrance, but it is not a judged show.   The show is entirely about the "stories".   For sure the techniques are excellent and there is much to examine and contemplate as to how they told their story.....but you have to read every label and every label is more compelling than the one before it, it seems.   Also, I am honored that one of my quilts will be part of the 36 out of 300 chosen to travel for the next two years.


"Despair...and Hope".    This is the journey of a person with depression.    One who sits at the bottom of the well unable to get out and one who on better days, does climb that tree to the light.   This is the one that will travel.

  "Standing Tall" is from a photo of my watercolor orchid, printed on fabric.    Together with the previous quilt the following quote is appropriate:     "Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were......."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What is it?

This past week our photo challenge theme was "What is it"?    I love contemplative photography....I love searching and finding what fits rather than trying to take a photo and edit it to fit.   The natural setting always works better for me.

The first photo is the one I chose - although rather obvious as to what it is.   I loved the pop of color, the reflection - the even circular pattern - there was nothing I didn't like.   And I only basically edited this to bring out highlights and clarity.  


The ones below are my "also ran" .....but weren't chosen.





Monday, June 5, 2017

Resisting...

I recently created two pieces of art to be entered to the Threads of Resistance exhibition  http://threadsofresistance.org/home.html.   Sadly, neither was chosen to travel.    There were 500 entries and only 62 could be chosen.    However, it does not diminish my feeling, motivation and determination to resist all things awful happening in our political climate right now.  

The first one is taken from a photo I took of my granddaughter while skyping one day.    Most of my sadness involves what is happening to our planet, our society, our rights....especially women's rights....as the drama plays out. 


I created the background as a dictionary definition of all the meanings of "resist" and "resistance".    The third column is the word "resist" in all languages.....appropriate as many nations and countries have joined us in our concern for our country.    "She" is portrayed as a silhouette.....she represents "ALL" girls who long to grow up and be what they want in a safe environment.   

"The Future Belongs to Her".

I have entered this quilt also to Global Murmurs.

"Respect Existence or Expect Resistance"

I believe that all persons should be allowed to love whoever they want, despite their gender or race.    We are way past time in our society and lives that we should be able to accept all peoples, and allow them to live in peace without fear of discrimination.