Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bohemian Christmas Tree

Bohemian Christmas Tree is done in my improvisational tapestry style. I made several of these little panels for Christmas presents for friends. It was all done from scraps of previous projects. I call it bohemian because of the combinations of random colors and fabrics. I think that this sort of combination has a charm of it's own. All fabric cuts were laid on a muslin panel and water soluble stabilizer placed on top. Quilting patterns of random meandering is done on top of the stabilizer with heavy quilting thread. The whole top is put into the washer and dryer before it is placed on the batting and backing. This gives it a very textural tapestry look. I love this process. It is painting with cloth.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Modern Quilts: Prism of Time

Prism of Time: by Janice Lauderdale. As I continue to study modern quilt design, I am putting together class samples and study material for a class I am teaching at our quilt guild. My good friend Janice, has generously volunteered to make up a class sample and a pattern for this modern design. This time we use more patterned fabrics and a very abstract modern look. Each student will be able to use the pattern with a variety of colors or patterns; and each one will look completely different. Simplicity is the key to successful modern design. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Modern Sunset

Modern Sunset: 22 X 36 Wall Hanging. In recent years there has been an unexpected interest in making what is known as Modern Quilts. It was taken up by mostly younger quilters who do not have the time to spend with the perfectionism of tedious piecing. They are, instead, making quilts with simplified piecing and a more modern appearance.

As I studied these quilts, I realized that I had seen this movement somewhere else. In the world of art. Moving from very ornate and complicated frames and paintings, to what was known as the Moderns. The Abstract artists, the Impressionists and even the DA Da movement. Painters all experimented with the move from classic painting to a more loose and simplified composition. This movement also carried over into archetectural design and modern home furnishings. 

And so, with this in mind; I am doing some of my own experimenting with Modern Wall Hangings. I have adopted a more simplified method of quilting and concentrate on negative space and diagonal balance. Negative space just means that it is void of designs or embellishments. A good Modern Quilt Design should have at least 40% negative space according to quilt artist and teacher Kathie Schmidt. I think this is a good rule to follow. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Art 4 Charity

Hydrangeas: 18 X 24 Oil on Canvas. For several months now I have been putting together a body of work that can be donated to our silent auction for our Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild. This guild is for artists who are ages 55 and older. We give support to each other by organizing workshops and having monthly programs with guest artists. This year we decided to do a charity affair for our annual fall exhibit and partner with our host church to benefit a women's and children's shelter and a local food bank. Since we had never done this before, the church was quite helpful; and they gave us their spacious gallery for this event. Although I am a fiber artist, I am also a painter. So this post will have both. I spent a little more money on a nice frame for my Hydrangeas because I want to do my best to sell this. 25% of all sales of artwork will go to our charity. I tried to make this as appealing as possible.
I also spent a lot of time making these needle felted, business card sized, refrigerator magnets. I embellished them with thread and ribbons, beads and broken jewelry bits. Each one is a tiny work of art. I made 20 of these and priced them at 4.00 each. I figure that these will sell, if nothing else does. Anything in the silent auction will donate 100% to the charity. So that is a wrap. I am set with fiber art, watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings. Now back to my normal life. This post can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays

Friday, June 27, 2014

Art 4 Charity

Charity Benefit Exhibit: 12 X 20 Panels. Most artists are called upon to donate artwork for charity auctions. This time it is our Studio 55 Seniors Art Guild. We will be doing a fall benefit for Harmony House Shelter for women and children in abuse relationships; and for Crosslines Food Pantry.

25% of all sales and 100% of any proceeds from the auction will be going to these charities. These panels are done in my tapestry style and are completely hand washable. In addition I am donating some of my small watercolor and pastel pictures. 

Maple Bonsai Pastel

Coneflower Watercolor

Thrush Watercolor

Sparrow and Cardinal Watercolors

White Cat Pastel

Hopefully we will have a good turnout for this exhibit and will be able to donate a good amount for these causes. You can see this post on Off The Wall Fridays

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Shadows and Light

Shadows And Light: Raw Edge Tapestry 28 X 30. This is another in my series of Still Life Tapestries. The process is one that replicates the look of an Impressionistic Painting in a fabric art quilt. The idea is to free form cut pieces or snippets of fabric that are used just like a painter uses paints. My muslin foundation takes the place of a canvas. These tapestries must be viewed from a distance. The brain will take the shapes and colors and interpret them as an image of old roses that are in their last stages. When the petals are about to fall, but still holding on. Light dances around the surface of the vase and off of the flowers and leaves. Shadows fall on the stems,the leaves and on the table . It is difficult to explain my process, so I have put together a tutorial on how I made this here Or just click on the Tapestry Tutorial tab. This can be purchased at The Polish Pottery Shoppe

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Local Color

Local Color: Tapestry Series. 20 X 36. This is another in my series of tapestry techniques. I call it my tapestry because it goes through a washing and drying process that makes it turn out very textural. Like an old quilt that belongs to your grandmother. Much like a tapestry. Everything you see is improvisational. A piece of muslin is the base. Fabrics are rough cut with a pair of scissors.Much like a painter puts down paints onto a canvas. Once I get everything arranged onto the muslin, I place water soluble stabilizer on top of the whole piece and begin a sort of tedious process of pinning it down. I use the long daisy pins so that they can be easily removed, as I sew over the whole piece. I try to do a running stitch over all the raw edges that I can see. I use a free motion foot and do some circles and curves, just enough to hold this piece together in the washing machine. I like to stay with one neutral color of thread. This gives it unity and seems to bring all elements together. Of course, you have a million little pricks on your hands and arms before you get all the pins out; then throw it into the washer and dryer. It will be all puckered and textural. Iron it flat again. Place it on the top of your batting and backing, and pin. Treat it just like any other quilt that you do free motion quilting on. If any edges are dangling, you can sew then down with your free motion stitching. And there you have it. A tapestry wall hanging. Looks like an impressionists painting. I will try to enter this into an upcoming exhibit called Local Identity. This can be seen on Off The Wall Fridays