All Things Beautiful
This quilt, entitled All Things Beautiful, will appear at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Exhibit, Art of the State 2019 from January 17 to March 31, 2019. It is an improvisationally developed work which includes various mixed media and techniques, including silk, cotton, paper, acrylic paint, colored pencil, monoprinting, stenciling and digital printing.
Here are some detail views:
This work is Inspired by photographs I’ve taken….in ghost towns and such…..and
….Incorporates the digital art I’ve created from these photographs and which I print on silk and cotton cloth:
…photos from old towns…..window in Jerome Arizona; …. siding in Virginia City Montana; ….. a cobbled street in Taos NM
…..lots of photos of rusted objects
Plus…layers of paint, paper, thread
A little haiku to think about:
Rusted and worn out
Not everything beautiful
Is brand new or young
Inspiration Study Mockup
How Many Moons? 2018
How Many Moons? to appear in the International TECHstyle Art Biennial IV at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, January 20- April 14, 2019,; reception on Sunday, the 20th from 3-5.
From their website:
In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event, the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community.
Here are some detail views:
This quilt was created by the digital layering and overlapping of multiple copies of different photos using different blending layers…all in Photoshop…..photos of pines, cedars, and water on the Northern California coast, moon with clouds, another finished quilt detail. The final image was then printed on treated silk charmeuse in 3 different runs, then cut, rearranged and sandwiched and stitched.
Here are two examples of partial layering as it looked on the screen before completion:
In Progress Digital Layering 1
In Progress Digital Layering 2
For the Artist Statement I submit this haiku:
How many full moons
Do we see in a lifetime
Splendid nights they are!
Here is a series I worked on a few months back, the Rusting Away Series. They came after the little sample sketches I showed here previously. I really like the layering of materials and techniques, adding paper and paint in addition to fabric and leaving batting edges showing. I also like sense of not knowing where the piece is going at the beginning.
I donated #1 to the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Benefit Auction, but the other two are still available.
Rusting Away #1
Rusting Away #2
Rusting Away #3
I am pleased to be apart of the exhibit Artist As Quiltmaker XVIII, presented by the Firelands Association For The Visual Arts, Oberlin, Ohio from May 13–July 29, 2018.
The Thin Red Line: Diagonal series
Here are a few studio views which show the design and construction process of this quilt. The strips were cut diagonally on the 16″ x 36″ prints of color enhanced photos taken of boat reflections in the water, a picture taken at the locks in Seattle on one of our opera trips. I really love how the water ripples look like shibori produced resist stripes, when cut into strips and robbed of their material reality.
The strips were then arranged for the desired effect before the fusing to the background fabric and quilt sandwich.
Under Construction, whole print sections on right
Under design and construction before fusing
I’ve been playing with mixed media collage on small 6″ x 6″ squares–using leftover prints, painted papers, paint, and stitchery. The goal is to practice loosening up, to develop ideas for a new series in larger quilts, while having the freedom to “try anything” because it is only 6″ and is using primarily leftovers. It is also a good place to learn whether techniques work or not, as with painted deli papers applied over fused fabric scraps.
I love the freedom when doing improvisational paper collage and I want to transfer the freedom and enthusiasm to my larger works. I like the layering approach, as well, as a way of working.
Here are several examples of this Rust Series:
Here are some of the prints of digital designs going into my current work in progress.
I am digitally layering in subtle background grid images from paper collages with the water ripples and grasses imagery.
I am doing a lot of paper collage study work with prints on Epson matte paper which means I can see how the various prints look when cut into pieces and rearranged with each other.
collage study 1
Stay tuned to see the quilts appear.
I’m taking an online Improvisational Collage class from Kara Kramer. Here are some of the 3 minute collages done on 4 x 6 cards. They have different parameters set: all angles, or all organic shapes, monochromatic, etc.
I’m looking for ways to be freer with my digital fabric collage/quilt compositions, so I’m using photos and digital alterations in these as well. I really like the torn paper edges, but they are not possible with fabric–unless I photograph them?
We’ll see where it goes.
I am again proud to have my work appear with 36 other wonderful quilt artists at the Interpretations: Conversations show at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California. The show runs from October 21 through January 7, 2018.
This quilt is part of my Diagonal Thoughts Series in which I am exploring the shibori-like stripes made from water ripple photos. I am treating them like surface designed fabrics which I cut in strips and rearrange in various ways.
Carnival 59″ x 29″ 2016
Here is my Artist Statement:
The “natural stripes” created by the digital intensifying of photos of ripple lines in the water has been used to create fluid meandering shapes and juxtapositions. The created imagery suggests the wateriness of the original source even while creating another imagery reminiscent of the excitement of summertime, carnival and circus tents, and sudden summer downpours causing changes in human plans.
Some detail images:
Carnival Under Construction On the Design Wall
The last image shows 4 of the prints I used before I started cutting and the strips of paper I used to envision the diagonal stripes.
Image Prints Before Cutting on the Diagonal
Purple Rain 59″ x 29″
Purple Rain, one of my newest quilts, is being exhibited at 75: New Art Quilts at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado. Judith Trager is the featured artist with 40 of her art colleagues in a display of all new work.
Here is a detail view:
And here are some in progress shots:
You can see one of the silk prints from which the diagonal stripes were cut, as well as how I began arranging them on the design wall. They have the fusing and paper on them to help keep them stiff and keep them from fraying excessively.
The name does not really come from the song, but is more a reference to water and wetness as well as the dominant hue. I use the water photos for their stripe variety as well as their water image content. The watery quality of the original photos of water reflections from piers comes through even with the colors drastically changed to this exciting and dynamic color scheme.
I have done several pieces in this series, playing with diagonally cut strips making chevrons and diamonds and repeated stripings…… And playing with color placement…….The result is an abstract formal composition, yet adding in some randomness of placement and keeping away from absolute symmetry. I really like straying away from the symmetry that keeps trying to reappear.