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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...
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.
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
While in Toronto last month, I rented a bike and rode throughout downtown Toronto. It was such a mind-freeing experience to be riding amid cars and buses and people walking about.
The Textile Museum of Canada allowed me to park my rental in its shoe-boxed-sized lobby while I viewed the exhibits. How swell!
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the exhibit:
Here are a few of the pieces of clothing captured my attention.
These are detail pictures of 2 similar blouses.
The second exhibit entitled BLISS: GARDENS REAL AND IMAGINED was abundant with richly dyed, stitched, printed and embellished sarongs, tapestries, household linens, and grand rugs
Turkish wrapping cloth
I'm always attracted to the beauty of textiles. These fine examples of handwork fuel my mind with thoughts about who and how they were made. Was is warm or hot or very cold when someone stitched these? Were they sitting on a floor or on a chair? out doors or in? Was there chatter between several people as they worked? Was it noisy and raining? or were there open windows where the sounds of birds and village noises mixed? or did someone work alone. Were they tired? Bored? Hungry? or just fine.
THE SILVERY HOUR
When I work stitches as I do, it is usually in a solitary state. I find it difficult to work magic amid the sound of others. But I do gain inspiration from my immediate surroundings. Soaking up whatever my paper-towel-like brain will soak up like sopping up a spilled milk.
It is quite deliberately intuitive stitching.
When I was in Southwest Florida in late July, I was inspired by a particular time time of day I like to call the silvery hour. Around 5 pm when everything looked shiny. No spectacular colors like one sees in the evening, nor deep blue skies and bleached-cotton white clouds of the afternoon.
Somehow, this non-color-color time of the day suited my sensibilities.
I stitched a little piece using the limited supplies I brought. The thread is a 4 ply silk/cotton blend with natural dyes: logwood, dandelion, and indigo. The fabric is mineral linen (blue moonstone) from purl soho
Thanks for reading and looking.
hope you're enjoying an inspired time this summer.
Do you have a silvery hour? Write to tell me, I'd love to hear from you.
Early in 2015, Nancy Crow called me to ask whether I'd be willing to make a new work for an exhibit that she was curating and that would be included with very large quilts made by 7 artists who are at the top of their game.
She had seen Timelines on my website and wondered whether I could make another work that would be even more bold with thicker elements.
I worked last year to envision, research and execute this new work.
I'll post more about my process and eventual execution. Here are a few preview images.
Material Pulses: 8 Viewpoints has been several years in the making.
The opening reception is today.
If you're in Columbus, Ohio, stop in!
I'll be there with my besty and one of my fav (adult) nieces. Can't wait to see all the work and enjoy the fruits of many hands.