Tuesday, January 10, 2017
This morning my car was packed with my work for my ground breaking show Ice Tapestries and Shibori Quilts. This may not look like a lot, but it was arranged and layered to get everything there in perfect condition.
As soon as my grandson Jeff got done working he arrived to drive the quilts and me to the Anderson Arts Center.
When we arrived there my grandson in law Nate was there to help Jeff unload them and get them inside safely.
Candace had set up this room to be ready to receive the work. The floor coverings would keep things clean and she could view the work to decide where she would hang it for maximum impact.
I can’t wait to see how she displays things. I am also anxious to share this exhibition of the culmination of creating beautiful work for the last several years from white fabric and turning it into beautiful colors and designs with you to see.
I hope to see you there.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
Christmas and the quilts the family chose also has me looking back at older work.
As I look at each piece I see some of the thought and design process what went into each piece.
But I also can not tell you exactly how I created most of them.
I may or may not start with a general idea and them make choices as the work tells me what it needs.
I would be hard pressed to duplicate most anything I have created in the last 20 years. The work I created before that may have been more “planned out” before I started making it.
I love the fact that I can see a very definite progression in the work I am creating now as compared to my early work.
Yet many people have said they can spot a piece and know I was the creator.
I do have to give credit to the fabrics. When I started making quilts there was very little suitable fabric available to make a quilt. Today there is more commercial fabric available than any time in history.
Add to that the artist made fabrics that we create with and there are no boundaries.
I do remember when I said I wouldn’t dye fabric as was too much work and I bought the fabrics from other dyers. The raisin colored fabric was dyed by me but the other fabrics were purchased from another dyer.
Today I am dyeing and painting all the fabrics I am using currently. This may change.
I have been asked if I will continue on the path I am currently on, I have thought long and hard about this. I feel there are still a lot of stories to tell and expect to continue creating my own fabric and using it to create art. I also am considering using some of my fabrics and using them with commercial fabrics or antique textiles. The sky IS the limit and I know I will just go where the wind blows as I live a serendipitous life and create in a serendipitous way.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
I hope you all will be at the opening so I can see you and you can see what I have been creating for the last several years.
If you can’t make the opening the show will go on for almost 2 months.
I will be at the opening but will head south soon after that.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Only 26 more days until my solo show opens with a lovely reception. Several people have asked for details so here they are.
It is at the Anderson Art Center 121 66th Street Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The opening reception will be held on January 29, 2017 from 1-4 pm. It is free and open to the public.
The show continues through March 19, 2017.
The Anderson Arts Center is open daily Tuesday-Sunday from 1-4 pm. ...
I will be showing over 80 pieces of my work that I have created by dyeing and or painting previously white fabric. I will have the entire Art Center (8 gorgeous rooms) to share my work.
The building itself on Lake Michigan is awesome.
Candace Hoffman is the curator and she knows how to display work for the maximum impact. The lighting is always amazing too.
Kenosha is located half way between Chicago and Milwaukee and is an easy drive if you are in the area.
Don't miss it....it will be a show that will be talked about for years.
I WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE at the opening as will my family and friends from near and far.
I hope to see YOU!
Monday, January 2, 2017
Without knowing the name of the quilt Greg and Julie chose Door County Dreams. I had gifted them 3 Door County books in their gift bag. If you saw the picture Julie received painted by Carol Baxter you can see how great it looks with this quilt.
Blake and Stephanie chose Tea For Who. It was made in the style of Victor Vasserely’s early work. I think they are the only tea drinkers in the family. I also made this as an interpretation of a Bodum Asam tea pot. I gave them my teapot as I wanted them to have the inspiration for this piece.
Heidi and Nate selected The Salsa Connection and they do like Salsa! This is a bargello technique I created and taught all over the USA years ago.
Jessica and Kevin’s choice was Somewhere Out There. This started as a quilt top I was not pleased with. By slicing, inserting and adding a border and applique it became a great piece.
Blooming Balloon was Nicholas’s choice. This was made for an invitational exhibition. We were required to work with a specific group of fabrics, a real challenge. I added some beads and sequins to this to add some sparkle and interest. My quilt was the February page on the calendar from the exhibit. I will be giving Nicholas a calendar when I find it!
Paisley Star Mandala was Jared’s choice. It was made with a great Gutcheon fabric in 1982 fussy cutting with Yours Truly templates. The quilt has a lot of dimension and a lot of hand work. All the beige triangles are hand quilted every 1/8 inch to flatten the fabric. The quilting is hardly visible as it is obscured by the pattern of the fabric. The paisley are minimally quilted to make them puff out. It is presented on a custom made stretcher frame. The border has batting under it to make it puff out quite a bit I signed it by cross stitching over needlepoint canvas and then removed the canvas threads. It is one of my first very successful original designs. It could have been made very recently, yet is 34 years old.
The decision to let every one choose their own quilt has been a good idea. I could never have picked the quilts for each person that they liked best and chose. I always have many more quilts for them than there are people to choose from so no one ends up with a quilt that they don’t want.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
This year instead of each individual receiving a gift bag, each couple shared a gift bag. Kevin thought the scarf was for him and Jessica was laughing so hard when I took the picture. I DO think Jessica wears it well.
Seems Greg realized the scarf was meant for Julie as it sure looks great on her.
Blake also doesn’t seem to realize that even though this scarf is big and long Stephanie could wear it with style.
Nate and Heidi are Packer fans to the max and they now each have a Pickard china Packer dinner plate.
Nicholas has always loved frogs from the time he was about 3 years old. His big Radko ornament has 3 frogs.
Jared is wearing the crazy hat I knit for him as he opens his presents.
We like the big smile Greg has here.
A nice picture of Kevin and Jessica after she finished laughing.
Julie is showing off her painting by Carol Baxter.
Stephanie, Blake, Nicholas and Jared appreciating Blake’s Radko fish ornament.
Nate and Heidi appreciating some completer pieces for her vintage Pickard china in the Hemlock Syncron pattern from the 1940’s.
It’s always a fun evening doing our unique gift exchange. I try to come up with new ideas for it each year.
Stay tuned as the quilts everyone picked will be on the next post.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
January was a time I looked at some of the ice dyed fabrics I had created deciding what to do with them.
This piece was created in February. In this picture it has not been quilted yet…but it did get quilted.
Knitting in March lead to the completion of this big beautiful scarf.
April meant another Racine, Wisconsin Washington Park high school reunion at my house in Florida. We appreciate each other more each year.
May meant the arrival of my Minnesota son and the drive to pick him up in Orlando with my Florida “kids”.
June was a month spent finishing a lot of pieces for my 2017 solo show in Kenosha, WI.
July meant the arrival of my Minnesota family. It also is the time for the big family July 4th reunion at my brother and sister in laws lovely home on the lake. I think this year it was bigger than ever with some faces we hadn’t seen in a long time.
August meant pizza and music in the gazebo with both son’s families…at least as many of them that could make it. It sure is a fun time.
September saw us celebrating mine and my granddaughter Kierstin’s birthdays.
October saw my return to Florida and the return of my flamingo tree.
In November I celebrated Thanksgiving with my Florida family.
December marked my return to frigid Wisconsin. We celebrated Christmas day at Jeff and Heather’s lovely decorated home.
These pictures share just a few highlights of a wonderful year. I had lots of houseguests in Florida, some special visitors from near and far in Wisconsin, spent time with some super friends and met some really special new friends.
I did spend a major part of the year creating and finishing pieces for my solo show which is fast approaching.
Just because I don’t have pictures of all the highlights of my year doesn’t mean they weren’t great. Often I get so involved in what is happening I forget to take pictures.
If you are curious about more of the year you can always look back on my blog posts and see the rest of the year…so much to see….so little space to share!
I am a lucky lady who gets to enjoy life to the fullest.