Monday, August 31, 2015

Showtime: Contemporary Art Quilts

I'm back home in Idaho after a great show opening. The Arts Center in Corvallis is in an old church building and as you walk up the steps to go thru the bright red doors you can see one of my big circles on the back wall.

Last Thursday at noon Bonnie Bucknam and I answered about an hours worth of questions at the Brown Bag Lunch Talk. Then in the evening was the opening reception. We had a good turn out for both events and it was a lot of fun. My son that lives in Tacoma, WA drove down for the day, bringing along my grandsons. As you can see in the picture below, I made a couple of tops to coordinate with my art work. I'm wearing my daytime version and later changed to a silk one that also had black circles, but in a different arrangement.

I did get a few pictures of the quilts hanging, didn't get any of the talk or reception. All the black and white quilts are mine and the colorful ones are Bonnie's. Bonnie also has pictures on her blog.

The staff and volunteers did an amazing job and it was a real pleasure to be a part of it. The show will be up all of September, The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333.

Every summer I plant coleus in a barrel by the door to Studio B, it's in a spot that gets no sun and they do very well there. Here is this years plants along with a very vibrant petunia in front of them. The picture doesn't even come close to showing the vibrancy of the magenta flowers against the lime green background leaves. That color combination just makes me happy!

The Weekly Leaf

I did a print with Jacquards SolarFast and the end of a willow branch.

In the sun.

Time is up.

After washing the SolarFast out.

Week #35

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #237-#243

Sari Ribbon #165-#171

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Almost showtime

Yesterday we made the very smokey drive across Oregon. We have had smoke in the air for a few weeks at home and a wind shift brought lots of smoke to western Oregon also.

This morning we delivered the artwork to The Arts Center in Corvallis, now they will hang the show. With extra time on our hands we went to Newport, OR and enjoyed some time on the coast. No smoke in the skies and cool temperatures, a wonderful break.

The Weekly Leaf

This week I used a piece from my stash of leaf prints, a green fabric that had been stamped with soy wax and then discharged.

Week #34

Daily stitching updates

Silk Fragments #230-#236

Sari Ribbons#158-#165

Monday, August 17, 2015

More show preparations

The postcards have arrived and I'm working on getting them in the mail, here's a peek for those that aren't on my mailing list.

One of my spare bedrooms has become my "staging" area. Making sure each piece has a label and a matching rod. Right now I'm short a few rods so there will also be a shopping trip involved. The room has two beds, this is how the queen size one looks.

I'm also short a few noodles for rolling the work, but I do have some card board tubes. I'm glad the art work is all done and I'm not rushing to finish  a piece.

The Weekly Leaf

The gelli plate came out this week along with some Jacquard russet textile paint, a piece of green hand dyed fabric and a leaf that was just plucked off a tree on my morning walk.

The leaf was very tender and soft which made it difficult to lay it down flat. You can see the wrinkles in some of it above, but it printed well.
The first print on the left, a print from the leaf itself in the middle and the final print on the right.

Week #33

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #223-#229

Twelve rows done.

Sari Ribbon #151-#157

Eight rows done.

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"

Monday, August 10, 2015

Prepping for a show

I have a show coming up in Corvallis, OR, at the Arts Center. The opening reception will be on Aug. 27 and the show will run through September. I will be delivering my work on the 24th, a mere two weeks away. So I've been making sure that all my work is ready to go. I'll be showing work from my black and white circle series, most of it is rather large, but I do have my Voids that are smaller and will be hung together.

I just spent a couple of days putting hanging wire on the backs and then a backing with a label. It's amazing how much time it took to get that done! Good thing I didn't wait any longer.

I have a lot of Lutrador in both black and white, so that is what I fused to the back, after I fused labels to each piece.

The Weekly Leaf
I used Jacquard's Color Magnet this week. It was screen printed onto white fabric, dried and then the fabric was dyed. The screen printed image comes out darker than the rest of the fabric.

Week #32

Daily Stitching updates

Silk Fragments #216-#222

Sari Ribbon #144-#150

Linked to "Off the Wall Friday"