Monday, May 29, 2017
When my friend Kathy Comstock visited me in Wisconsin last summer this was her favorite piece I was working on,.
I made sure it was finished for my show. Kathy served in the United States Army and I see a link between the Army and the colors of this Ice Tapestry.
It also makes me think of my friend Pauline Frey Davy who also served in the US Army. Pauline is on of my dyeing friends I met in Ohio.
I am not sure what branch my friend Marge Hewitt served in? Everyone wants to be Marge when they grow up.
I am grateful they were willing to serve to preserve our freedom and grateful they all were able to come home after their service.
I am honored to know all of these women.
Friday, May 26, 2017
I don’t think I’ll every tire of Ice Dyeing.
Each piece is a new surprise. I play and try different fabric manipulations and colors on each and every one.
I can’t even remember how I did many of them when they are finished. And that is good.
When I made a quick visit to my show this winter before heading south there was a lady there who kept telling me how I should make a record of exactly how I did each one so I could duplicate it. It took me a long time to make her understand that I was creating ART and had no desire to make the same thing over and over. In fact, even if I tried there still would be many variables and each one would be different.
That is the difference between an ART Ice Dyer and a production Ice Dyer.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
These photos are not meant to show the quilts in their best light…just the way I store them and a teaser as to what they look like.
The rest of the quilts are either stored under the bed on 2 trolleys we built to store them, stored elsewhere or are on display in my lower level gallery or throughout our home.
Yes, I have been rearranging and sorting quilts so they are more accessible.
I hope you have enjoyed this journey through some of my work. These pieces were done over a period of time. My work changes and grows, but I hope it stands the test of time.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
I used antique quilts for inspiration but did not copy any one specific quilt. I collected fabrics for many years and made kits for all of them. The kits were all very limited editions. I did this long before reproductions fabrics were available. They would not have the feeling of an antique quilt had a used one of the series of reproduction quilts available recently. Many antique quilts were made from scraps and leftovers.
Many people learned to quilt with this series of quilt kits I made. They were all very limited editions as I had a limited amount of the appropriate fabrics.
All but one of these were hand quilted.
Monday, May 22, 2017
There is quite a variety of quilts in this stack. They were stacked in the manner they fit best on the bed.
I have done this before and I am doing it again as things have made major moves in my quilt storage areas.
It is going to take several days to share all the layers of quilts with you on my blog. This is the bottom quilt on the bed I use to store quilts flat.
I know some of you have seen many of these before. I hope you enjoy another glimpse of them.
This is not my any means a record of all of the quilts I have ever made as over half of them are no longer in my possession.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
My show at the Anderson Arts Center In Kenosha closed almost 2 months ago.
If you missed the show I am sharing the entire show on this post!
Here are most of the Ice Dyes Tapestries.
This shows the largest pieces and some vertical pieces.
And last but not least the shibori quilts and other similar quilted work.
I was not there for the closing but my work was pick up by a friend.
I was so pleased to see how carefully it was arranged in my studio.
I know you can’t see each layer in the stacks of work, but hopefully the show will make an appearance in your area in the next few years.
The show has been scheduled already for another solo show. Stay tuned for details at a later date.
I am currently in the process of taking bookings. If you know of a museum or art center that would be appropriate for this show please have them contact me.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
One week ago today my grandson Nicholas graduated from the University Of Wisconsin-Madison.
He will spend the summer tending his garden, fishing and I am guessing playing some golf.
In August he will be studying dentistry at the University Of Minnesota.
I know you will be an exceptional dentist when you graduate.