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.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Japan, January 2017

I've been home from my Japan tour since the end of January, but have just recently plowed through all my photos.  It was a wonderful two weeks with Quilters Express to Japan and our tour leader Susan Ball Faeder. She's been doing this for over 25 years and  through her myriad private contacts in the Japanese textile world we were privileged to experience things few regular tourists ever can.
So many thanks to my friend, fellow artist and traveling companion Roberta Walley for encouraging me to come along!

We started with Tokyo and the Tokyo Quilt Show - the largest in the world in the Tokyo Dome baseball stadium. What a crowded,  jostling experience. It seemed that every woman in Japan was there! Fabulous quilts, wonderful, inventive exhibits and amazing fabrics and hand made items and notions for sale. So many shopping opportunities! I did my part.

We toured amazing Shinto Shrines and Buddhist temples in Tokyo and Kyoto

Enjoyed textile museums and private collections 

Saw modern Japanese textiles and fashion....

Ate glorious food so beautifully presented! 

Figured out a whole new world of electronic toilets

In  the village of Arimatsu we watched local artists practice the art of Shibori dyeing

And in Kyoto we spent a morning learning the art of stencil dyeing

So much more to say and too many photos  - maybe in some future posts.
Let's just say I hope to go back! 

The trip has already yielded inspiration... 
A purchased indigo dyed cotton banner of the Moon Rabbit mounted with more 
Japanese indigo textiles 

Monday, October 10, 2016

I was lucky enough to visit Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs - the Mancuso show inits third year at the Palm Springs Convention Center last weekend. It's a show that features international winners from the Mancuso's other shows as well as a lot of traveling exhibits from smaller art quilt groups and quilt guilds. This year there was a competition featuring Modern Quilts in conjunction with a Modern Quilt Symposium. 

It's a pleasant venue and it was an interesting show with a lot of variety. Three of my pieces were included... one each in Quilts On The Wall Fiber Artists exhibits "Maps" and "Shadows" and one in the Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds show "California Hues, Tints, Shades and Tones" featuring art quilts from members of southern California quilt guilds.  Below I'm pictured with my quilt in the Shadows show "Shadowlands".

I would only wish that the Mancuso management would take more care with the condition of the traveling quilts. So many folds and creases marred the beauty of some amazing work. It seems they unpack everything and put them folded into huge heavy piles. Few quilts emerge unscathed. 

Enough of the negative. Below are a few stunning pieces - my favorite from the exhibits.... 

"Mont St. Michel" by Linda Schmidt 
It fairly shimmered! 

A wonderful colorful quilt from Australia's Lisa Walton 

An amazing pieced and appliquéd quilt made from men's silk ties by "Moonshadows" by 
New Zealander Anne Joule. Stunning! 

An amazingly graphic owl from the Modern Quilt Competition. I'm so sorry I missed 
the name of the artist.  Does anyone know? 

From a wonderful group of quilts based on the color spectrum from a small art quilt group. 
Loved these little quilts and the way they were displayed. Again, I neglected to take a photo 
of the label.  My apologies to the artists! 

Many of these same exhibits will be shown at Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara the end of this week. Hope you can get there to enjoy them. 

The following day my friend Roberta and I alone with our husbands visited the small satellite location of the Palm Springs Museum of Art in Palm Desert where we viewed a wonderful art jewelry exhibit. Below is my glamorous friend lounging in the exhibits. 

Yes, we were !


Saturday, July 16, 2016

"Reigning Men" exhibit at LA County Museum of Art - a must see!

Just read a Facebook post counting out the six great rules of blogging.  The second is "Be Consistent - Get in front of your audience often and consistently."
 I guess following quickly on a post from November 2015 isn't good enough! Many excuses, none of them interesting to you, so let's just go on as if this never happened. 

Los Angeles has so many wonderful opportunities for art and culture and recently I've been to the same one twice - The "Reigning Men" exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which features men costume from the 18through 21st centuries.  What a gas! A new and unusual take on the evolution of costume. Everything from the incredible hand embroidery on 18th century waist coats and banyans to Rudy Gernreich silk kaftans and 1960s Cardin fashion forward tweed suits and military uniforms.

I was tickled by the description on the Cardin tweed suit in the photo above, second from right, to find that it had belonged to and been donated by a long time friend. The fabulous Sulka silk dressing gown and an evening suit were his, too. I called him and he said he purchased it in Paris in the 1960s and actually wore it often. Very far from his conservative and buttoned up, but  elegant image today. He was happy to donate trunks of his former New York clothes to the museum. LACMA must have been thrilled! So many of their bountiful costume holdings are for women.

The exhibit is beautifully presented on very individual looking mannequins with very impressionistic hair I've lately learned was made from hair canvas - the stuff they shape men's suit fronts with.  It continues at LACMA until August 21st. Well worth a trip! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Catching up....

It's been a long several weeks and I am now just catching up with life and work...

Our big business project for the year - The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show - has come and gone. it involves weeks of planning beforehand, the ten days in San Francisco actually doing the show, and then the decompression and re-organization, catching up on everything afterwards ... So it is basically a two month slog. It is an exhausting process that we have been undergoing for 34 years! It's just that after 34 years we are older and slower.

If you're interested, here is a photo of our stand this year complete with furniture borrowed from Daniel Stein Antiques in San Francisco and a gorgeous floral arrangement from Jessica Frizell of Oakleaf Floral Design 

Too much standing, too much walking in San Francisco compounded by a long march to Costco and a very enjoyable day with friends exploring the new The Broad Museum in DTLA  on our return left me with a very painful knee problem which kept me on crutches and out of my Studio for several days, but thanks to modern medicine and some injections I'm back to normal and back in the studio after - wow, it's hard to believe -  almost 6 weeks!

So, after finishing a few charity quilts for Westside Quilters' big November philanthropy push, "Giving For Thanksgiving" during which our guild finished over 60 quilts which will be distributed to local Los Angeles Children's charities and Quilts for Wounded Warriors, I'm finally back in the studio working on a long put off project.  Below is the pile of quilts from the November 7 sewing day ready to be delivered. Wish I hadn't been on crutches and could have been there....

 I have long wanted to do a quilt based on the Florentine art of pietra dura - the exquisite hard stone inlaid panels often incorporated in very high end furniure from the 17th and 18th centuries. I've collected images on individual panels for years - from museum trips and auction catalogs. Last January I began a tall narrow panel in a workshop with the wonderful Jenny Bowker at Road to California, but put it aside to work on other projects that had deadlines.


Now I've removed it from mothballs and have spent the last several days working on the appliqué
and designing a medallion style quilt using this image as the central field and surrounding it with other smaller panels. I'm using the luscious velvety hand dyed cottons from Cherrywood as well as my collection of prints and hand dyes that resemble various types of semi precious stone and marble. It's going to be a long haul project and I'll blog about my progress as it continues.

This work has inspired me as well as some great news yesterday from Road to California. Both my entries - Mated For Life and The Green Man - have been juried into the show and I am humbled and grateful. I'm so looking forward to being there in Ontario in January for 4 days and taking a 3 day workshop with Susan Brubaker Knapp learning her painting techniques on fabric.  

The Green ManMated For Life

I'm also so happy to learn that my "Swan Song" which is included in a selection of pieces from Sacred Threads 2015 will be traveling even more extensively than I originally thought through 2017. It is going to be nearby in Pasadena at the Fuller Theological Seminary in February and will also wend its way to the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange in 2017! I've posted the entire schedule as it now stands on my website at 

Swan Song

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