Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Snowman

The Snowman is another holiday Bohemian Tapestry. Most of the background fabrics are recycled from my collection of hand dyed, hand painted monoprints. Fabric paints are placed on a large piece of glass or on a rectangle made of Knox Geletin. The white fabric is placed on top and then carefully lifted. Although this can be repeated with the same paint the print will never be quite the same. Thus the name of "Monoprint." I have a pretty good collection of these to choose from with random colors and patterns. This is sort of like being in kindergarten and playing with finger paints. Once dry, these pieces of fabric are heat set with an iron and will not wash out. I like to use some of the Lumiere paints for variety. This can be purchased through the Polish Pottery Shoppe.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jack's Place: 18 X 30 panel. July is the time when I start thinking about my fall exhibits. It is also one of the busiest times for art shows. So, in preparation for the season I have finished another wall hanging. Simplistic design and bright October colors are sure to please. I call it Jack's Place because it reminds me of a gathering of friends. The fox and bird enjoy the company of this friendly Jack O Lantern. The backdrop of the October sky against the fall leaves suggest the end of the season. This is another of my Bohemian Tapestries, made from the scraps of many former projects, held together with free motion quilting. My washing process results in extreme texture. This can be purchased at The Polish Pottery Shoppe You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Modern Sunrise

Modern Sunrise. Modern Quilt Design. In thinking about how to use some of the class samples from the Modern Design class, I thought about combining these designs with some of my other pursuits, such as my thread painted images. I use photos of animals to come up with a facet rendition of color elements. Once I have used my artist inner eye to deconstruct the image into color sections, I draw up a pattern and cut out the shapes. I use scraps of fabrics from previous projects to use as if they were paint. This is not really a process that can be taught. It comes from years of developing the eye of a painter. Breaking down objects into sections of color, tint and shade for contrast. My rooster now has a more modern purpose. He has become a design element for the modern quilt. I like the look of this and can even see it as something I could use for advertisements or posters. This can be purchased through  The Polish Pottery Shoppe. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Morning Song

Morning Song: 18 X 30 Bohemian Tapestry Panel. This actually is one of my favorites. All of my tapestries done in this style have the appearance of impressionism paintings, but I think that the tree on which the birds communicate looks more realistic. It adds some diagonal focus to the composition and also makes a good contrast to the background. The yellow bird dominates the scene and makes the story plain. He is the main character in this narrative and his song breaks the air on this clear spring morning. Even the robin stops to listen. This can be purchased at The Polish Pottery Shoppe  This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Thrush

Thrush: Bohemian Tapestry 18 X 30. This is another one of my raw edge tapestries with a bird theme. I wanted to make some things that would bring the sights of summer back from a very long and cold winter spell. The bird is done on a peltex stabilizer with thread painting. It is then applique'd onto the panel. These panels can be purchased through The Pollish Pottery Shoppe. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Trio

Trio: Modern Quilt. This panel is yet another class sample for my Modern Quilt design class. I will be teaching this in 2 weeks so I am now collecting all my materials and class samples. The modern movement in art as well as the world of quilts has produced a more simplified composition for us to analyze. It is more about balance than intricate elements. As I said before, we are going on the premise that the use of at least 40% of negative space and the use of high saturation color will give a piece of art a more modern appearance. Although Modern Quilts as well as Modern Art can take many forms. Traditional patterns used in a Modern way can make a striking contrast in a show full of traditional art or quilts. In Trio, I have used a lot of vertical and horizontal balance to work against each other. I have also used the combination of the curved line against the straight line to create the best interest. Assemetrical balance is also a great way to create an artistic approach to your design. These are fun and simple to make. The circles have been fused, but the rest is pieced. This can be seen on Off The Walls Friday

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Summer Tanager: Bohemian Tapestry Series. 12 X 22 panel. This is another in the series of what I call my Bohemian Tapestries. The reason I call them this is because I use a lot of scrap material that would seem to have no relation to each other. But somehow, when you cut them into scrappy pieces, lay them out on a muslin foundation and then cover the surface with free motion quilting, it seems to work. I have provided a bright songbird as a focal point to tell a story of a summer day. The bird has been threadpainted onto a peltex foundation and appliqued to the tapestry. This can be purchased through The Polish Pottery Shoppe  This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays