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