Sunday, February 11, 2018

Road to California and after..

Road to California at the Ontario, California  Convention center is already two weeks past....  all a huge whirl!

I enjoyed my classes with Esterita Austin and Cindy Grisdela - more about that below -  and loved viewing the amazing quilts and seeing lots of friends. I did a small amount of shopping  including some Cherrywood hand dyed fabric, a new foot for my trusty Viking machine and a little folding umbrella printed with Van Gogh's "Starry Night". It seemed appropriate since my little quilt depicting part of that wonderful work was part of the Cherrywood Van Gogh challenge on it's tour stop at Road.

In fact, my favorite part of my time at Road was participating in the artist book signing in the exhibit. Karla Overland, the owner of Cherrywood organized a group of us artists who were attending to sit in the exhibit on Saturday afternoon, sign the gorgeous catalogue she put together and talk to the public about our work and our inspiration for our entries in the challenge. It was great to meet the other artists, it felt  like a sisterhood!

Here are a couple of very short video views of the exhibit.

Cindy Grisdela's one day class on "Artful Improv" was a bit out of my wheelhouse, but stretching oneself is a great thing. I enjoyed making these improvised components and by the end of the day I had a good idea of how to put them together using some of the design principles Cindy talked about. In fact, I've been working on it the last week or so and the finished product is below. I'm thrilled that Cindy will be coming to teach at my guild Westside Quilters in 2019!

in Esterita Austin's class we painted with metallic paints on parchment and then with a hot iron magically transferred the painting to organza. Here is mine waiting for an idea how to include it in a quilt. Whether i do or not it is a very interesting technique to put away in virtual toolbox for a later time. 

Exhausted at night in my hotel room I still had just enough energy to work on an unfinished project from a workshop with Maria Shell that I took with me along with my Featherweight machine. I stitched all these colorful vertical rows together while I was away and am now comfortably at home putting in some hand stitching. I hope to debut it finished soon! 

The next stop for this traveling quilter is in late March  - Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. My ultimate favorite place! I'm looking forward to a workshop with Melissa Slobotka whose award winning quilt "Santorini Sunset" I admired at Road. Here it is below....

A few more quilts from Road I admired: Lenore Crawford's raw edge fused pine cones

And Linda Anderson's amazing painted and stitched Chinese actor. 

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Next Week - Road to California!

If it's January, it's time for Road to California! 

Pietra Dura

Road to California, the pre-eminent quilt Showcase in the Western us is next week! January 18-21st at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.

I'll be there from Wednesday through Saturday afternoon enjoying the quilts, being a student, doing some shopping and meeting friends.  I'll be taking two classes - one with longtime friend Esterita Austin and another from contemporary quilter Cindy Grisdela. Two of my quilts have been juried into the Showcase - Pieta Dura (above) and Swan Song (below). Click on the images for more information on these quilts.

Swan Song

Two other pieces "Stairway to Heaven" and "Heian Shrine Garden" are featured in the Southern California Council Of Quilt Guilds exhibit "Emerging Light" curated by Stephania Bommarito.

Stairway to Heaven

Heian Shrine Garden

Before returning home on Saturday afternoon I'll be in the Cherrywood Van Gogh Exhibit on the show floor from 1-2 pm signing the exhibition catalogs, meeting some of the other artists and answering questions about the work. If you're at Road, come by to say hello!  The 2018 Challenge is spectacular! 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Quilt Festival Houston 2017!

So happy to be in Houston, TX again for International Quilt Festival. It’s a lovely feeling to be standing
in freont of your own quilt -here my East/West - on the floor amid this gathering  of the best quilts in the country!p
Traditional quilts, art quilts, contemporary, modern -they are all here in abundance in the 
World of Beauty IQA Judged Show. And then the Special Exhibits from all around the world bring 
more of the best of the best to Houston.

A highlight for me was seeing all of the Cherrywood Van Gogh Challenge jquilts displayed together for
the first time. Here I am with my “Starry” and below are shots of the exhibit all hung together on 
A back wall of the exhibit space. A symphony of art in shades of blues and provencale influenced yellows. 
The exhibit got a lot of attention and the newly published book sold out by the second day of the show!

Meeting up with friends is always a happy part of the Houston experience. 

Three happy travelers -Robin, Roberta and myself in a  serendipitous reunion of our January trip to Japan on a textile
 tour with Susan Ball Faeder’s Quilters Express to Japan. Alison was also in Houston, but didn’t make it into the selfie!

And fellow artist and Fiber Fanatic member Sherry Kleinman was at the show with her
Daughter from New York. Both Sherry’s pieces in the World Of Beauty competition were representations 
of her grandchildren.

           Maria Shell who visited and taught at my quilt guild Westside Quilters in LA just last week won a  third lace prize in the abstract category! We celebrated with her over dinner on Thursday night!

Viewing the all the quilts and the over 1100 vendors is quite a proposition. I made it to half the vendors, 
but saw all the quilts on display. I was hampered slightly by a small accident  stepping unexpectantly off a
curb and severely wrenching my knee on the evening of my third day which resulted in a lot of ice packs 
and  ibuprofen in our very lovely room at the Four Seasons. 
So I missed my Saturday class and some vendors, but I’d spent  more than enough money, anyway!

Home to LA tomorrow... can’t wait for next time!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Dresses made from acrylic paint? Faux Patisserie As Sculpture?

See these gorgeous lacy wedding dresses on view right now at the Palm Desert Museum in Rancho Mirage California?  Would you in a million years think they were completely made with acrylic paint? Sculptress Pat Lash manipulates acrylic paint in a multitude of amazing ways to make free standing sculptures in the round. She brushes out sheets of paint, forms paint in lace inspired silicone molds and extrudes specially formulated paint through cake decorating nozzles (her father was a professional baker!) to form these haunting figures sculptures then artfully embellished with crystals, pearls and beads.

She takes the cake decorating technique even further to fashion miniature and full size pastry confections which are highly collectible and have been shown at museums such as New York’s MOMA. 

Absolutely amazing, beautifully haunting! The perfect cap to a few days away with my husband and friends in Palm Desert working on quilting projects, relaxing by the pool and eating a lot of great food.  An extra treat - a trip up the mountain to the little village of Idyllwild in the pines for the local guild quilt show. 

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Film Strip Quilts at Bergamot Station

My friend Roberta Walley took me on yet another adventure yesterday to Bergamot Station, a cluster of art galleries in the old Santa Monica Red Car Trolley stop now next door to the brand new and modern Metro Line Station. 

The Shoshana Wayne Gallery is showing a collection of very usual Quilts  "Hands At Work" by Sabrina Gschwandtner. The artist  features traditional quilt designs , but instead of fabric, the Quilts are pieced from hundreds of 16 mm film strips of educational films deaccessioned from the collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology. If you look closely and carefully you can see the film frames filled with images of hands knitting, quilting, embroidering and dyeing.  They are all fitted together into quilt blocks sewn together with zigzag stitches on a sewing machine.  Absolutely fascinating, colorful, inspiring and bringing those traditional Quilts into a very modern graphic setting.  

The show continues at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 through August 29th. If you are n the SoCal area, Go!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

More Untethered Thread...

My quilt "Swan Song" was just returned from the Untethered Thread exhibit that ran last month at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Another great SAQA Southern California/Nevada Regional exhibit . So many talented quilt artists in our neighborhood. Thank you Laura Bisagna for organizing this wonderful opportunity.

When I went down to San Diego county to view, I filmed bits of pieces of the show. I've now put it together- my first attempt with iMovie..... not great but here is the finished product.  Hope you enjoy it and get a little flavor of this wonderful venue for displaying Art Quilts.

"Untethered Thread" June, 2017

On another happy note... Thursday brought some very happy news from Houston! My piece "East/West" has been named a Finalist in the IQA show World of Beauty at International Quilt Festival Houston. It will be winging its way to Texas next week.  The largest in the US, Quilt Festival runs November 1-5 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston. I'm thinking of going this year, so maybe I'll see you there!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Untethered Thread" June 1 -24 at Poway Center for the Performing Arts

I'm very happy to be included in the SAQA SoCal/Nevada regional exhibit "Untethered Thread" which opened June 1 and will continue until June 24th. 

Here I am with my piece in the exhibit "Swan Song". It was  great to see this piece again - it's been traveling around the country with Sacred Threads 2015 for almost two years! 

It's a gorgeous venue with both a downstairs and upstairs gallery wall perfect for viewing art.     Poway is a lovely bit of Southern California in northern San Diego County and well worth a visit. This exhibit is a great opportunity to enjoy the work of local California textile artists.