Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Artists' Garden

Our group quilt was juried into IQA's World of Beauty. It is always such an honor to be chosen to exhibit at this incredible show. Each Oct. about 65,000 people travel from all over the world to see an amazing exhibit of quilts, take classes from world renowned teachers in all disciplines and shop. For those of you who have never been, we're talking the entire convention center in Houston, TX is full, all levels of the building! For those of us who put ourselves in that precarious spot of submitting a piece for the show and wondering if we've managed to make a piece that attracts the jurist(s), it's a long wait from submission to getting the "envelope". (now an email)
How we got here. In May of 2010 I took my mom on a "road trip" to visit Frances Holliday Alford in Grafton, VT. Since my mom is a Master Gardener we decided to visit Longwood Gardens in PA. I decided to take photos of flowers that represented my art quilt group friends. So driven by the idea that was in my mind that on the return trip home from visiting Frances, we detoured back to the Gardens for another round of photos.
The Task. Each artist was given a selection of photos and was asked to interpret it in their style or even try something new. My only parameters were the size of the block and that each piece had to be finished.
In my mind's eye I was seeing individual flowers (person) beautiful alone but together supported by the trellis (each other) accomplishing and making an incredible garden (art).
Artists involved:
Top L-R Connie Hudson (West Lake Hills), Cindy Henneke (Independence) Annie Smith (The Woodlands)
Middle L-R: Francis Holliday Alford (Grafton, VT & Austin), Leslie Jenison (San Antonio), Sherri Lipley McCauley (Lakeway)
Bottom L-R: Kathy York (Austin), Barbara Forrister (Austin), Suzan Engler (Panorama Village) Annie Smith

Monday, May 16, 2011

Artists' Village House

Kathy York was the catalyst for this project. She asked a number of us to be involved in making our very own artist house to later become an Artist Village. The paragraph below explains her ideas and how she got the rest of us involved. Please check it out.
Artist Village Project
Join us for a tour of our village!! We will be having a blog tour to show you the fiber art houses made by all the participating artists in our village. See the schedule below.
This project began last summer. I was inspired by Judy Perez and the 3D houses she had made. I thought it would be an interesting project to see how different artists would interpret the challenge to make a 3D house. And as I thought about the inspiration and support I have received from others, it seemed the perfect fit to make a collaborative project and build a village. It reminded me of the old adage..."it takes a village to raise a child".
Each participant was asked to make a 3D fiber art house or houses using any techniques, but to include quilting in some aspect of their house. I asked participants to attempt to make a house that would fold flat for shipping, but slightly less than half of the houses fold flat. What can I say? Art doesn't conform well to rules. I personally was not able to make mine just didn't turn out that way! Please join us for a close up tour of the houses. Be prepared to be amazed and inspired by this wonderful collection of visual treats!
p.s. Not all of our artists are bloggers. For the indicated artists below, the link will take you to their website to see their work!

Susan Else (website) May 2
Pamela Allen (website) May 4
Lisa Call May 6
Jamie Fingal May 11
Judy Perez May 19
Kathy York May 24

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Artists' Village House

This is the front of the finished house. The roof is felted with various yarns some of which I dyed to get the variation in color that I was wanting to see.

When I was asked to participate in this project I was so excited. Then reality set in! How in the world do I do this and can I really make this work. A 3-D house with fabric and it's suppose to stand up by itself!
A vision of a beautiful butterfly kept popping into my head and so I decided to draw and paint a butterfly. After scaling it out I worked on PDF cotton and used Stewart Gill paints to get the depth of colors that I wanted for my butterfly. I then knitted some very garish neon lime green yarn, cut it up added my hand dyed wool roving and felted them to make the grass that the butterfly has landed on. And this became my roof!
Everything that came next was an afterthought! I loved the roof so much that I didn't want to finish the project....which is what happens to a lot of my stuff. But after procrastinating, I finally decided that the walls needed to be hand painted with windows and vines and little tiny flowers that have dimension that are totally out of scale with the butterfly. I still wanted that roof to be the only thing people noticed! After I turned it over to Kathy York I came up with so many other ways I could have made the walls....but too late. When I get it back I'm going to rework it, using the butterfly roof but take it to the next step in fantasy land!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Lonestar Turtle

A customer brought me a lonestar quilt to work on last week. I love how this one was done. It's a turtle! My favorite creature from the sea. She really did a nice job on the colors for this quilt. It is a 63x63 wall hanging for another friend's new grandson. The border has waves, the blue corners are bubbles, and the stars are curved connections.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Soy wax resist and paints on silk

Took a workshop with Ginny Eckley and my Studio 105 friends last week. This is a piece that I worked on the second day. Haven't decided on the orientation of the finished piece. So far I've had three different suggestions as to what it is....what do you see in it? I love black and white, always have and I'm feeling the urge to make a lot more of these abstract black and whites with a small amount of color.

Taking time to look around

I'm always intrigued by graffiti that shows up in difficult locations. I'm not sure when these appeared but they are beautifully done and make a great statement. These are located on the railroad bridge across Lake Lady Bird in downtown Austin, between Lamar and Congress Ave. I haven't been walking on the trail since Jan. and I don't remember them being there at that time. My daughter gave me a wonderful book at Christmas about Women and Graffiti. Most of their work was done in Europe and make a more easily recognized statement about women's health, homelessness and poverty. I would love to know who did these two sites.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lutrador Class/Austin Fiber Artists

This was a fun Saturday class with Laura Ann Beehler. After explaining the properties of the material she turned us loose to explore! I used TAP to transfer the flower photo to the Lutrador. The edges were cut out by burning.
I really like playing with this fiber.