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 

Friday, March 28, 2014


Metamorphosis: Mixed Media. My experimental use of Wood Glue on Pampas Grass and Maple Leaves and Beetles and Bees is finally complete. This was a very long process that took many trial and error attempts. In previous posts I was able to give more information and close up photos of my process. How I made the monoprint, the process of preservation of natural elements with wood glue and how I made the butterflies and spider web. The spider is also a photo copy, as spiders curl up when they die and were not useful. The fall leaves are not natural. They were made by using an aerial map of the city of Dubai and printing it onto photo fabric.You can see the process here on my Projects of Interest link. The darker Maple leaves are natural. I printed a photo of Pampas Grass onto a piece of sheer silk and stamped and foiled a dragonfly onto a piece of silk decorator fabric. I framed those with copper color Lame' and confetti cut fabric on water soluble stabilizer. It was almost impossible to get a good photo of this work. It is much more impressive in person. I have entered it in an exhibit named "Metamorphosis." I have entered this into the Springfield Regional Arts Council Members Only Exhibit, and the Nathaniel Green Botanical Center Exhibit, and  I will also enter this into the competition in our Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show in the Art Quilt category. Click on Image to get a better view. You can see this on Off The Wall Fridays

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pampas Grass: Spider Web

Pampas Grass: Spider Web. As I continue to work on my Pampas Grass with all it's creepy crawly critters, I have run out of dead specimens. So I had to resort to printing them onto vellum paper that has been backed with light Lutradur. The vellum paper gave me a very crisp and clear image and the paper is strong and flexible. I put the Lutradur backing on it so that it would hold up during stitching. The spider, beetle and butterfly are images from the internet. These elements look so real that you have to get close to tell the difference. I made the spider web by stitching in the open space of a piece of muslin in an embroidery hoop, then cutting a round hole in the middle. I stitched from side to side. In the end, you just clip it free. Hopefully, you can enlarge the image by clicking on it to see more details. This has been a very long process and it is nearing completion. This will be entered into the "Metamorphosis" exhibit at the Springfield Regional Arts Council Member's Show.  You can see this on Off the Wall Fridays