Spring Catchup

Hello Friends, 

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Spring is here and my studio is blooming with new artwork!
I'm thrilled to announce that I received a 2nd Ohio Arts Council Award for Excellence in Individual Art. This is a highly competitive award and a true honor. And there is a nice monetary award that I'll receive. 
Keeping a list of new studio supplies that I'd like to acquire...

COMMISSIONED WORK

In the meantime, I completed this commission for a client in Columbus, Ohio. 
It is 24" high x 60" long. Watercolor and drawn lines. 

This work is connected to my love for stitching and lines and to my long walks near the shores of Lake Erie here in Cleveland, Ohio. 

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST at HEIGHTS ART IN CLEVELAND

After making the piece above, I decided to continue to paint and make more of this Aquascapes.  These works are now on view   at Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland Hts, Ohio. On view now through June 18, 2017. 

Here are 4 of the nine plus works as they looked on my leather sofa.


BIENNALE DU LIN UPDATE

I'm  in the last moments of completing my installation for the Biennale du Lin in the province of Quebec. I fly up there on June 12 and will install the work.

 


The opening reception is June 18, 2017. I will learn more about the exact location soon. There are 3 potential installation venues.

Here are a few images as it looked while I worked on the piece.

I hand dyed white linen with indigo. From deep blue to light blue and have layered the work to look like water. 
I will post images of the work once it's installed and looks exactly how I had envisioned it to be seen. This will happen in mid June.

Thrilled to see
my flax flowers blooming

 

And to realize that they are not all one color of blue just like the indigo-dyed linen I'm using for my installation.

TEACHING ANNOUNCEMENT

I am also preparing to teach a 2 day workshop entitled Spontaneous Hand-Stitching in Perrysburg, Ohio for the Fiber577 event on June 10-11, 2017. I'll give a lecture on Friday night June 9. If you are nearby for the lecture or for my workshop, I'd love to meet you.
There are 2 spots open in my workshop. 

Thank you for stopping by. Leave a note, I'd love to hear from you. C

Feeling Blue, Moving Ahead

I am feeling blue. Despite that, I am (trying) to focus on my next installation(s). A woman must work and make things to nourish herself, and I have deadlines. 

After writing, thinking, and discussing for months, I let my brain rest and then the idea arrived: 
 I came to realize that I must make something that I can make with gusto and with assurance that the work will look and feel like mine, but also conveys what I think matters most. 

WATER and how PLASTIC IS A MENACE TO IT

This is a screen-shoot of part of my proposal for the Biennale Internationale Du Lin De Portneuf in 2017  (blogpost) HERE, and have just received the approval to move forward
with my concept. 

INSTALLATION for BIENNALE DU LIN
Provence of Quebec, Due in June, 2017
The perimeters for the Biennale are that I use linen/flax or its evocation since the growing of flax is part of the history of the villages along the St. Lawrence River and is deeply rooted in the community. 
The creators of the Biennale have directed me and a group to use the them, "GONE UNNOTICED'.

"Of all the actions done by humans, history holds only a tiny part. Memory is a selective process...a tremendous part of human beings actions goes completely unnoticed.
 If, as wrote it French poet René Char, « L’essentiel est sans cesse menacé par l’insignifiant », : «The essence of life is ceaselessly threathened by the insignificant», 

As you might imagine, I contemplated this task from April until October. Some of my thoughts...

The use of plastic by humans and its devastating consequences to the health or our water is the concept I have selected to use for theme, Gone Unnoticed.

We use plastic as a convenience for packaging thousands of items to make our lives easier and discard it often without an afterthought to where it will end up. We do not consider the real damage it has on the environment and goes unnoticed by many people.

When plastic reaches our waters, it becomes a great danger to marine life and to us.

Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean. Trash accumulates in ocean
garbage patches, the largest one is between Hawaii and California is called “The Great Pacific  Garbage Patch”. The plastic debris is sized 0.5 m/1.5’ and up.

Most of this trash cannot be seen because it is so tiny that it is invisible to the human eye but is oating just beneath the water’s surface. Marine wildlife ingests these plastics and its effects are long lasting and deadly. For example, Much of the toxin-containing plastic pieces are also eaten by jellysh, which are then eaten by larger fish. Many of these fish are then consumed by humans, resulting in our ingestion of toxic chemicals.

Undeniablly, all marine life is at risk of the dangers of plastic waste.
NOW
I must execute this work. Stay tuned. I'll be dyeing linen, sewing, etc...

THE NEXT INSTALLATION: timeline Spring?

I MIGHT be able to create an installation/wall covering for 2 waiting rooms in an emergency room in a local hospital. 
They asked for calming imagery using light and color. 
These are 2 rooms where people receive very difficult news. 

I'm SLOWLY thinking about using tessellations. Like these drawings I've done  And adding beautiful colors to the background. 
If you can imagine, these are some ideas that might become combined and turn into a new work.
If all goes well, I'll be making wallpaper to wrap 3 walls with this type of imagery. 
 

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There are a few more projects looming, and then a SOLO show in Spring for Kent State University.

 

And what are you up to?